Germaine RichierExhibition

Germaine Richier

Germaine Richier presents more than forty important sculptures ranging from early torsos and figures, to startling hybrids of humans crossed with bats, toads, spiders, and vegetal organisms, that brought the artist international recognition before her untimely death at the age of 57. The exhibition traces the evolution of a defiantly independent vision and the artistic trajectory of a woman whose life was imprinted indelibly by two World Wars; who began her career in the studio of Antoine Bourdelle; and who went on to break convention and leave a vivid mark on the history of Modern art.

The exhibition complements Richier’s sculptures with a selection of photographs by her contemporary Brassaï, who documented the artist’s studio and captured the defying power of her work.

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Selected Works

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  • Don Quichotte à la lance

    1949

    Polished natural bronze

    17 5/16 x 6 5/16 x 6 7/8 inches (44 x 16 x 17.5 cm)

    Private Collection

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  • La Forêt

    1946

    Dark patinated bronze

    46 7/16 x 11 13/16 x 12 7/16 inches (118 x 30 x 31.5 cm)

    Private Collection

    11 Examples

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  • La Mandoline ou La Cigale

    1954-1955

    Polished natural bronze

    23 5/8 x 15 3/8 x 17 5/16 inches (60 x 39 x 44 cm)

    Private Collection

    12 Examples

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  • La Mante, moyenne

    1946

    Dark patinated bronze

    27 3/16 x 6 5/16 x 14 9/16 inches (69 x 16 x 37 cm)

    Private Collection

    11 Examples

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  • L'Araignée I

    1946

    Dark patinated bronze

    11 13/16 x 18 1/8 x 9 inches (30 x 46 x 23 cm)

    Private Collection

    12 Examples

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  • La Sauterelle, grande

    1955-1956

    Dark patinated bronze

    54 x 39 x 69 5/16 inches (137 x 99 x 176 cm)

    11 Examples

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  • La Spirale

    1957

    Polished natural bronze

    113 3/8 x 22 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches (288 x 57 x 57 cm)

    Private Collection

    11 Examples

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  • La Tauromachie

    1953

    Polished natural bronze

    45 11/16 x 21 1/4 x 39 3/4 inches (116 x 54 x 101 cm)

    11 Examples

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  • La Ville

    1951

    Dark patinated bronze

    53 1/8 x 24 7/16 x 24 inches (135 x 62 x 61 cm)

    Private Collection

    11 Examples

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  • L'Eau

    1953-1954

    Dark patinated bronze

    57 1/2 x 24 13/16 x 39 3/4 inches (146 x 63 x 101 cm)

    Private Collection

    11 Examples

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  • Le Berger des Landes

    1951

    Dark patinated bronze

    58 5/8 x 35 x 23 5/8 inches (149 x 89 x 60 cm)

    Private Collection

    11 Examples

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  • Le Grain

    1955

    Dark patinated bronze

    56 7/8 x 12 13/16 x 12 1/4 inches (144.5 x 32.5 x 31 cm)

    11 Examples

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  • Le Sablier III

    1953

    Dark patinated bronze

    26 9/16 x 13 x 11 1/4 inches (67.5 x 33 x 28.5 cm)

    12 Examples

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  • L'Escrimeuse

    1943

    Dark patinated bronze

    39 3/4 x 27 x 14 inches (101 x 68.5 x 35.5 cm)

    Private Collection

    11 Examples

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  • L'Escrimeuse avec masque

    1943

    Dark patinated bronze

    39 3/4 x 27 3/4 x 13 3/16 inches (101 x 70.5 x 33.5 cm)

    Private Collection

    11 Examples

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  • L'Homme de la nuit, grand

    1954

    Dark patinated bronze

    30 1/16 x 32 11/16 x 12 3/16 inches (78 x 83 x 31 cm)

    Private Collection

    11 Examples

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  • L'Homme-forêt, grand

    1945-1946

    Polished Natural Bronze

    37 x 17 3/4 x 17 3/4 inches (94 x 45 x 45 cm)

    12 Examples

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Publications

Selected Press

Tate Modern | Germaine Richier

September 1, 2016

In 1957, discussing her own work, the sculptor and etcher Germaine Richier (1902–1959) reflected …

Culture Catch | Germaine Richier: The Return of a Shape Shifter

June 6, 2014

Domenique Lévy and Emmanuel Perrotin have collaborated on presenting a survey of figurative sculptures …

Art in America | Germaine Richier

May 7, 2014

Dominique Lévy and Galerie Perrotin’s joint presentation of more than 40 works by the French sculptor …

Artforum | Germaine Richier

May 1, 2014

Recently, Dominique Levy and Emmanuel Perrotin gave over their joint gallery spaces to a challenging, …

art critical | Ready for Revival: Germaine Richier’s Figurative Sculptural Fantasies

April 12, 2014

Germaine Richier (1902-1959), a pupil of Antonie Bourdelle was much honored in her native France and, …

WNYC | Digging Into the Past for New Art

April 11, 2014

New York galleries are looking into the past for the next big thing. Surging values for postwar and …

New York Observer | Flying Solo

April 9, 2014

Last year, the contemporary art dealer Marianne Boesky visited the artist Frank Stella’s studio …

Blouin Artinfo | VIDEO: Sculptural Symphony of Germaine Richier at Dominique Lévy, Perrotin

April 4, 2014

It’s been more than half a century since Germaine Richier (1902 - 1959) left her mark in America. …

Brooklyn Rail | Germaine Richier

April 2, 2014

Though housed in the impeccable walls of Dominique Lévy uptown, the sculptures of Germaine Richier …

Artslant | Rediscovering Greatness: the sculptures of Germaine Richier

April 2, 2014

Forty-six of French artist Germaine Richier’s sculptures fill the three floors of the Dominique

Bloomberg | Forgotten Artists Monetized as Millionaires Buy History

April 1, 2014

Martial Raysse hadn’t had a solo U.S. show for more than four decades when the 78-year-old French …

The New York Times | Staging a Rescue From Obscurity

March 20, 2014

We live in what might be called the era of “no artist left behind.” It’s a period of sometimes …

Purple FR | Germaine Richier at Dominique Levy, New York

March 15, 2014

Image Gallery

Artnet | Must See Gallery Shows on the Upper East Side When Visiting ADAA

March 7, 2014

Sometimes it seems like Chelsea galleries get all the attention, deservedly, perhaps, but there are …

Wall Street Journal | Without a Drop of Irony

March 5, 2014

Agonized sincerity does not sit well in today’s art world, where irony-albeit sometimes diluted …

Wallpaper | Germaine Richier's sculptures get their first US showing in nearly sixty years

March 4, 2014

In a 1956 photo, Germaine Richier stands over a table in the back corner of her Paris studio sorting …

Huffington Post | Quick! 10 Things to See in New York Before They Close

March 3, 2014

Some of New York’s must-see sites are permanent: Lady Liberty, the Empire State Building, Central …

Artforum | Germaine Richier

March 3, 2014

Though in her heyday she was more prominent than fellow bronze sculptor Alberto Giacometti, Germaine …

WNYC | Humans – Crossed with Toads and Spiders

March 1, 2014

Germaine Richier’s bronze sculptures, on view at Dominique Lévy gallery on the Upper East Side, …

A Haunting Grace | The Sculptures of Germaine Richier On View in NYC for the 1st Time in 57 Years

March 1, 2014

For the first time in 57 years, Germaine Richier’s distinct sculptures are being exhibited in New …

whitewall | Top Exhibitions Opening this Week in NY (Feb 24 - Mar 2)

March 1, 2014

Germaine Richier will present more than forty important sculptures ranging from early torsos and figures, …

Hyperallergic | Reconsidering Germaine Richier’s Spectral Sculpture

February 28, 2014

Among France’s postwar female sculptors, Germaine Richier, and her haunting figuration, is today …

Interview Magazine | Germaine Richier's Forest

February 28, 2014

To walk into a room filled with the sculptures of Germaine Richier is to enter a mythic, uncanny forest. …

Le Journal Francais des Etats-Unis | Les œuvres de Germaine Richier exposées à New York, après 50 ans d'absence

February 27, 2014

Elle figure en bonne place dans les manuels histoire de l’art au XXe siècle. Pourtant, Germaine …