Collection

Peasant Standing (At the Church)

Hryhorii Kruk

Basic information
ID
С-I-2287
Author
Hryhorii Kruk
Name
Peasant Standing (At the Church)
Date of creation
1938
Country
Austro-Hungarian Empire
Culture
Eastern Europe
Technique
casting
Material
bronze
Dimensions (height x width x depth, cm)
70 x 27.5 x 23.5
Information about author
Author
Hryhorii Kruk
Artist's lifetime
1911–1988
Biography
Hryhorii Kruk (1911, Bratyshiv – 1988, Munich) was a Ukrainian sculptor and graphic artist who worked in Germany. He studied at the Krakow Academy of Art under Laszczka, and with the assistance of B. Lepky moved to Berlin, but was not immediately able to enter the academy there. With the help of Fedir Yemets, who worked at the Academy of Arts, he enrolled in the sculpture class of Professor Alfred Vocke. Who, after noticing the student's skills, he solicited a scholarship for him, and after his graduation, he helped with orders and commissions. In 1939, after the outbreak of the Second World War, he was allowed to remain in Berlin but lost his scholarship. Hryhorii was transferred to Arno Breker's class.  He also studied with professors Otto Hitzberger, August Krantz. In 1945 he moved to Munich. Exhibited 28 sculptures and drawings in London, Edinburgh and Bonn. In 1961, 35 of his works were exhibited in New York and Philadelphia and later in Vienna.
Object description
A small bronze sculpture. A peasant standing in a church, holding his headdress in his hands. His head is obediently lowered down as if immersed in prayer.