Germaine Richier was born in Grans, Bouches-du-Rhône, France, on September 16, 1902. Her first solo show was held at the Galerie Max Kaganovitch in 1934. Richier’s early work was fantastic, combining classical forms with human-animal hybrids and depicting creatures such as the spider and the hydra. Her style became less figurative after World War II; the bodily deformations which she favored as subjects were more accentuated in an attempt to convey a greater sense of anguish.
Featured image: Germaine Richier – L’Araignée II, petite, émaillée sur équerre émaillée, 1956. Bronze, enamel. 5 3/10 × 3 1/10 × 3 1/10 in. 13.5 × 8 × 8 cm. Photo courtesy Perrotin