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

  • Rudolf Hoflehner, "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, bronze on wood and marble base, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Container Corporation of America, 1984.124.120

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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.

Title
"The difficulty of our time is a difficulty of the human spirit."-- Albert Schweitzer, 1875-1965. From the series Great Ideas of Western Man.
Artist
Date
ca. 1971
Location
Dimensions
38 1/8 x 15 x 20 in. (96.9 x 38.1 x 50.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Container Corporation of America

Mediums
Mediums Description
bronze on wood and marble base
Classifications
Keywords
  • Portrait male – Schweitzer, Albert
  • Figure male – full length
  • Abstract – geometric
Object Number
1984.124.120
Palette
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