He managed to escape being turned into shell casings in World War I. Melted down for war reparations during the Weimar Republic. He dodged the Nazi leveling of Breslau in 1945, and the Red Army’s knocking over what was left.
And since he ended up behind the Iron Curtain, in a different country, he even escaped the politically correct B.S. that imprints modern Germany…
Everybody knows that fencers are the most beautiful athletes: “Tough as leather, fast as greyhounds, hard as Krupp steel,” as a different period put it. No wonder then that some artists immortalized fencers as the epitome of human anatomy.
While there were a number of large-scale bronzes cast—the Fechterbrunnen in Breslau and the now lost pair of Épée Fencers from Karlsruhe, Germany, come to mind—most spelter, bronze, and (later) cast iron fencing statues were “trophy- sized,” measuring between 10 and 35 inches.
Among the Central European sculptors who tried their hand at this was the Austrian Theodor Ullmann, active from around 1915 until the 1930’s. Continue reading
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