Stephan Balkenhol

Grosser Mann (Large Man)

About this artwork

This large wooden figure is over ten feet in height and was carved from a single tree trunk. Despite his imposing size, the man looks distinctly non-heroic, his stance suggesting boredom or that he is waiting for something to happen. Balkenhol uses a chainsaw roughly to carve his large figures; he then defines the details with a chisel before painting. Although Balkenhol works in the tradition of Expressionist wood carving, his work can also be associated with the work of the contemporary artist Georg Baselitz. Parallels have also been drawn between Balkenhol's neutral, post-heroic figures and the giant, rhetorical statues beloved by totalitarian regimes.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Grosser Mann (Large Man)
  • date created:
    1988
  • materials:
    Bubinga wood, paint and wood stain
  • measurements:
    331.50 x 157.00 x 48.00 cm
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Purchased 1999
  • accession number:
    GMA 4254
  • gallery:
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Stephan Balkenhol

Stephan Balkenhol