As a French citizen, Richier witnessed the ravages of World War II firsthand, and translated the brutality of the war into her sculptures. She became known for her unique figures, which she saw as original and independent beings. This sculpture is expressive with its elongated form as well as the rich texture of the surface. How does this figure make you feel?
Germaine Richier. The Grain, 1955. Bronze, 56.88 x 12.81 x 12.18 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Estate of Germaine Richier, Artists Right Society (ARS)/ADAGP.