Hermann Kissenkoetter, Mädchenakt

Hermann Kissenkoetter, Mädchenakt Hermann Kissenkoetter, Mädchenakt Hermann Kissenkoetter, Mädchenakt

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'Mädchenakt' ('Female Nude')
Bronze sculpture, displayed at the Great German Art Exhibition in 1941, room 29.
This is the original model, see X-ray photo below.

Hermann Kissenkoetter, 'Mädchenakt'. GDK 1941, room 29. Depicted in 'Die Kunst im Deutschen Reich', 1941, page 328.

Direct lost-wax casting

Unique bronze sculpture: this is a direct lost-wax cast. The direct lost-wax casting method produces a single cast from a single wax model (the core inside consists of clay reinforced with iron wire; the wax was melted out). In the direct lost-wax casting method the original master model is lost in the casting process: producing more copies of the master model is impossible.

X-ray photo of 'Mädchenakt'. Clearly visible are the several iron wires from the core inside.

- condition : II             
- size : height 57 cm
- signed : signed 1940, with monogram of Hermann Kissenkötter
- type : bronze. Unique model.               
- misc. : with foundry mark 'Priessmann Bauer & Co. München'


HermannKissenkoetter, 'Tympanonrelief', Münster.
At the top of the city of Münster’s Hautklinik at 56-58 Esmarchstrasse is a Nazi eagle with the Caduceus replacing the swastika. The relief itself dates from 1937/ 1938 and the warriors on the Tympanonrelief created by Hermann Kissenkoetter now lack their weapons. Münster had always been an important garrison town since the 19th century (in 1938 there were approximately 8,000 soldiers stationed in Münster). The Hautkliniek (the university clinic for skin diseases) was originally a military hospital, built in 1863 and rebuilt in 1938. From 1945 to 1998 it served as a British military hospital.

Left: Hermann Kissenkoetter, 'Führerbüste'. Foundry ‘Priessmann Bauer & Co. München’.
Right: Hermann Kissenkoetter, 'Hans-Joachim Marseille' (1919 – 1942). Messerschmit pilot Marseille, ‘The Star of Africa’, was one of the most successful German fighter pilots during WWII. With 158 victories he earned the Ritterkreuz mit Eichenlaub, Schwertern und Brillanten (Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds).

Hermann Kissenkoetter,‘Lettische Bäuerin’ (‘Farmer wife from Latvia’). Displayed at the Exhibition ‘Das Junge Rheinland’ in the Städtischen Kunstahlle in Düsseldorf, 1928.

Hermann Kissenkoetter, 'Hochofenarbeiter' ('Blast furnace worker'). Displayed at the Westfälische Kunstausttellung in Dortmund, 1941.

Hermann Kissenkoetter, 'Head of a Hochofenarbeiter' ('Head of a blast furnace worker'), depicted in Mortimer G. Davidson, Kunst im Deutschland, 1933 - 1945.

Hermann Kissenkoetter 
Hermann Kissenkoetter (1897–1957) born in Münster, was a German sculptor. From 1927 on he was a member of the Freien Künstlergemeinschaft (artist association) ‘Schanze’ in Münster. Kissenkoetter was represented with ‘Lettische Bäuerin’ (‘Farmer wife from Latvia’) at the exhibition ‘Das Junge Rheinland’ in the Städtischen Kunstahlle in Düsseldorf, 1928. In 1933 Kissenkoetter created the ‘Siegener Kreuzweg’, consisting of around 14 ‘Kreuzwegstationen’ (stations of the cross) at the pilgrimage hermitage in Siegen. In 1937 he took part in the exhibition 'Westfalens Beitrag zur Deutschen Kunst der Gegenwart', organised by the 'Landesmuseum der Provinz Westfalen für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte Münster' in Haus Rothenburg. A year later Kissenkoetter finished the Tympanonrelief at the top of the city of Münster’s Hauptklinik at 56-58 Esmarchstrasse (see pictures above).
At the Great German Art Exhibition in 1941 he displayed the sculpture ‘Mädchenakt’ (‘Female Nude’) in room 29. Kissenkoetter was also represented at the Westfälische Kunstausttellung in Dortmund, 1941. During these years he also created the bust of Ritterkreuzträger Hans-Joachim Marseille, ‘The Star of Africa’ and Führer busts. Kissenkoetter had his ateliers in Münster, Düsseldorf and Angelmodde (near Münster). In 2007 a street in Angelmodde (the ‘Kissenkötterweg’) was named after the sculptor and member of the Freien Künstlergemeinschaft Schanze Hermann Kissenkoetter. Hermann Kissenkoetter died in 1957 in Angelmodde.