Mother Mourning her Son I
Clay. 52 x 21 x 13 cm
From Michelangelo’s Piéta to Käthe Kollwitz’s mother mourning her dead son, this theme expresses timeless, universal and boundless grief. Herman Wald depicts the matriarch as an upright, classical figure. Clad in a long robe she moves forward fatefully, holding the dead body of her son in her arms. His limp body is hanging down, supported by the breasts which once had fed him. Her face is a mask of grim and stoic grief. She has become a guardian of fate, a receptor of human sacrifice. There is a ritualistic quality in the spiritually redemptive portrayal persona of the mother.