The Muse

1968

Clay. 17 x 74 x 17cm

Wald enigmatically referred to this piece as “Psst”, which may mean: “Hush” – implying a secret. He felt himself  on the threshold of a break-through. The work encompasses his entire artistic journey from the fluidity of Anton Hanak and  Totila Albert  to the spiritual transformation through the utmost reduction of form.  The muse, a birdlike creature hovers over the face of the reclining figure which forms a receptacle, echoed in her vessel-like wings.  The winged muse is the numinous spirit of creative inspiration, the vehicle of transformation, here conceived as a metaphorical  antithesis of Brancusi’s “Sleeping Muse” (1910).  

 © Kaplan Centre

Images reproduced by kind permission of Louis Wald

The Life and Art of

HERMAN WALD

(1906-1970)