"The difficulty of our time is a difficulty of the human spirit."-- Albert Schweitzer, 1875-1965. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man.
Born: Linz, Austria 1916
Died: Pantaneto, Italy 1995
bronze on wood and marble base 38 1/8 x 15 x 20 in. (96.9 x 38.1 x 50.8 cm.)
Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Container Corporation of America
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 50A
Luce Center Label
This sculpture was used to illustrate a quote by Albert Schweitzer for the Container Corporation of America. Rudolf Hoflehner created many pieces inspired by the human figure and often welded large spheres and wedges on top of spindles to suggest exaggerated male and female forms. The heavy materials and dramatic structure express the political and psychic conflicts of the twentieth century.
Abstract - geometric
Figure male - full length
Portrait male - Schweitzer, Albert
metal - bronze
stone - marble