Maria Lehnen’s early works are characterized by human-like sculptures, firmly wrapped and clearly reminiscent of mummies or archaic funerary rituals, that make us aware of the limitation of life. Another association is, however, the image of a cocoon that serves as precondition for the growth of life. Accordingly, the fascination for Maria Lehnen’s works is based on their existential value and three-dimensional presence.
Similar bronze sculptures are, for instance, exhibited in the sculpture garden of the Museum Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach in North Rhine-Westphalia.
The sculpture is in very good condition considering its age. It measures c. 173 cm in height.
Maria Lehnen (b. 1949)
The German artist Maria Lehnen was born in North Rhine-Westphalia and studied at the Academy of Arts in Düsseldorf, between 1973 and 1979. Here, she attended the class of the German sculptor Karl Bobek (1925-1992) and later became his master student. Examples of her artistic output belong to a number of private and public collections, including the Museum am Dom in Würzburg and the sculpture garden of the Städtische Museum Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach. Maria Lehnen has been active as a painter and sculptor since 1979 and lives and works in Mönchengladbach, Germany. (cbo)