Old Men and Dancing Girls
Johann Philipp Ferdinand (Fritz) Preiss (German, 1882 -1943)
Figures above by Josef Lorenzl (Austria) 1892-1950
Figures above by Demetre Chiparus (Roumania) 1888-1947
It seems like such a ideal subject for old men (like myself), I just don't understand why it's not as common in other times/places, as it was in the first fifty years of the 20th Century. I guess it doesn't really fit with too many religious programs (thank God for Hindus !)-- while our own Greco-Roman tradition favors sultry young males. And then we have to consider that in a world where dancing young women are constantly performing (like the Balinese dance festival which Gawain is now attending) -- who needs sculpture?
Coincidentally, the Jennmaur new arrivals also included the following curious piece by the Polish writer, Alfredda Brilliant (1908-1999) , appropriately titled "The Burden of Self"
I guess this is what I'd call a conceptual piece -- since the thoughts associated with the narrative trump the lumpishness of the design. Apparently it was given to W.Clement Stone - and isn't it the perfect gift for the man who wrote "Success Through a Positive Mental Attitude" ? (meaning: fight your way to the top and don't take prisoners)
Ah -- the poor self -- incrementally burdened with all the failures/compromises/betrayals/and ideals lost on the road to success.
I'm not even a great success and I feel the inevitable decay of spirit -- and what better way to be refreshed -- than to look at young women dancing.