Breuer-Weil’s Visitor was included in Sotheby’s fifth selling exhibition of monumental sculpture which was held at Chatsworth House. The exhibition has a reputation for attracting major names and important works and the 2010 collection was no different showcasing the works of: Manolo Valdés, Lynn Chadwick, Yue Minjun, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn, Subodh Gupta, Ju Ming, Eduardo Chillida, Germaine Richer and Barry Flanagan, among others.

Breuer-Weil’s Visitor is the first monumental sculpture produced by the artist and compliments a new series of bronze sculptures created by Breuer-Weil. An island of humanity, it allows the viewer’s imagination to suggest the presence of the rest of the figure. The artist’s fingerprints are enlarged to massive proportions on the surface, enhancing the emotive appeal of the work.

Visitor is both simple in form and complex in psychological ramifications. It relates closely to a series of paintings titled Philosopher. These show a large head creating immense reverberation in the soil surrounding it. Of these works, Breuer-Weil has stated that he wanted to express the immense potential power of thought. Like his paintings, this sculpture achieves its emotional appeal in part through the textured, painterly surface of the bronze, and in recent sculptures he has started to translate the striking and provocative imagery of his paintings and drawings into potent and monumental three-dimensional works.

Date: September 2010 – October 2010

Location: Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

Images courtesy of Sotheby’s