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"The difficulty of our time is a difficulty of the human spirit."-- Albert Schweitzer, 1875-1965. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man.

ca. 1971 Rudolf Hoflehner 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 1984.124.120 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.

Keywords

Abstract - geometric

Figure male - full length

Portrait male - Schweitzer, Albert

sculpture

metal - bronze

stone - marble

wood

About Rudolf Hoflehner

Born: Linz, Austria 1916 Died: Pantaneto, Italy 1995