Wilhelm von HEYDEBRAND (1888-1970) - Anthroposophical current - Switzerland
Mystical scene with two saints and an angel, 1948 and 1950
Decorative copper panel with polychrome and translucent enamel decoration in a carved oak frame known as an "anthroposophical frame".
The inscription "Im Auftrage von Elisabeth Gygax schuf dies Bild Wilhelm von Heydebrand - Dornach 1950 - 19 Juni 1919 - 19 Februar 1988" (commissioned by Elisabeth Gygax, this work was made by Wilhelm von Heydebrand - 19 June 1919 - 19 February 1988) appears on the top left.
The gouged oak frame is dated 1948 and bears the monogram EG (Elisabeth Gygax ?) engraved on the reverse. Wilhelm von Heydebrand would have created the enamelled decoration (dated 1950) to match the frame, not the other way around.
Bears a label "Eigentum Elisabeth Gygax" (property of Elisabeth Gygax) also on the reverse.
Height 30 cm - Length 50 cm
Reinhold J. Fäth - Dornach Design - Möbelkunst 1911 bis 2011 - Futurum Publishers, Dornach, 2011. Our work is shown in an archive photograph on page 78.
The first so-called anthroposophical frames were created in the 1920s.
The frame contributes to the spiritual function of the images they contain. The first "frames" were those on the doors and windows of the Goetheanum 1 (1913). This art form has its own place in anthroposophical sculpture. The aesthetics of these frames run counter to the minimalist trend of the time, as do the spiritual subjects of the images they frame.
This is a singular phenomenon in twentieth-century art: these artists, who were close to the anthroposophical movement, were among the very few artists of the first half of the century to conceive of a new style of framing, thus elevating the frame to the status of a work of art (in contrast to functionalism etc.). These frames are reminiscent of medieval altarpieces and the sacred rituals that accompanied them.
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