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A Mid Century Masterpiece by Edwin Scheier

A Mid Century Masterpiece by Edwin Scheier

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Monumental in scale, probably unique in form, and dramatic in presense, this scallop-topped work explores the abstraction of the human figure in a way that no other artist did.
Scheier, often influenced by Picasso, drew figures with shared limbs and faces and demonstrated often changes in perspective and viewpoint. However, here the artist draws human figures with two dimentional abstract features and also projects facial profiles into the spaces between the four pictorial repeats in the design, employing a three-dimensional or sculptural technique. The scrafitto-drawn figures can be viewed as fitted within the eye sockets of the sculptural profiles.
It is possible that the narrative being told here is a personal version of King Solomon's Tale. A single child seems to hold the hand of two possible mothers. The profile faces and crown-like top edge may represent Solomon. This story is told on other of Scheier's chalice forms also from the 1960's.
The glaze is volcanic and done in brown and bronze colors. Drawn figures are of blue and turquoise. 22 1/4 inches high and 13 1/2 inches wide at center. Signed Scheier 66 (1966).