Lot 23: Theo Balden, attr., Leda and the Swan, Bronze, 2nd H. 20th. C.
20 October 2016
Berlin, Berlin, GermanyLive Auction
Bronze with brown patina
Attributed to Theo Balden (1904-1995) – German sculptor and graphic artist
Monogrammed ‘TB’ in the cast and with the stamped numbering ‘5/6’
Dimensions: 19.7 x 57.5 x 19.5 cm
The popular theme from the Greek mythology transformed into a modern sculpture that gains its charm from the contrast of smooth volume forms and restless dispersed surfaces
The bronze sculpture is in overall good condition.
Theo Balden (1904-1995)
After having trained as technical draughtsman, Theo Balden, actually Otto Koehler, studied from 1923 to 1924 at the Bauhaus in Weimar among others under Laszlo Moholy-Nagy and Oskar Schlemmer. He then worked freelance. After the the Nazis came into power, he joined a resistance group and was arrested in 1934. Using a false passport under the name Theo Balden, which he kept until his death, he was able to flee to Prague in 1935, later to Britain. After his internment as an ‘enemy alien’ Balden began to engage himself with metal casting in London. In 1941 he returned to Germany, where he taught at the Art Academy Berlin-Weissensee and became a member of the German Academy of Arts in 1970. (fea)
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