Inv. No. 16825
40 × 30 cm
Michael Croissant, who taught at the Städel School from 1968 to 1988, is one of Germany’s few twentieth-century sculptors who claim an important position both individually and in terms of the history of sculpture. From the very beginning of his creative period, the medium of drawing offered Croissant a means of reflecting on his conception of three-dimensionally formed bodies. The extremely reductive head masterfully executed in grease crayon is part of an ensemble of three drawings acquired from the artist’s estate and serving as excellent examples of his development from the 1970s to the 1990s, while also demonstrating the various approaches which can be taken to drawing in conjunction with sculptural work. Against the background of the artist’s sculptures – examples of which are to be seen in the Galerie and garden of the Städelsches Kunstinstitut – and above all in the context of other drawings by sculptors in the holdings of the Department of Prints and Drawings, it becomes apparent how the draughtsman Croissant succeeds in creating volume and space on the two-dimensional surface of the paper.