The Lament
© By permission of the Trustees of the late Benno Schotz RSA

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The Lament 1943
  • Scottish Art
This is one of several stylised wood carvings Schotz produced during the 1940s, different in style from the roughly-finished bronzes with which he is normally associated. Although the sculpture is modernist in style, Schotz worked in the classical tradition of modelling and carving a nude without the support of drapery. ‘The Lament’ was made in response to the Second World War. As an influential figure in the Glasgow Jewish community, Schotz organised exhibitions of Jewish art and helped war refugees. He described the sculpture as ‘an expression of my feelings for my fellow Jews of Europe.’ Carved as if curving away from the viewer and with her hands raised to her face, the figure appears to be withdrawing in horror.

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A general term for art and architecture based on ancient Greek and Roman culture.


A general term used to describe the various movements in art from the late 19th century to the 1960s, encompassing a broad range of styles.

Classicism, Modernism


  • Acc. No. GMA 1216
  • Medium Wood (lignum vitae)
  • Size 91.50 x 30.50 x 21.50 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1971