Alois Wachsman / Wrestlers
The figures of the wrestlers are flat and essentially bereft of physicality. At the same time that are powerful figures of non-anatomic proportions, which dominate the scene. One of the wrestlers lies defeated while the other leans over his defeated rival with his hands resting almost ostentatiously on his knees. Although the scene is dramatic, the artist depicts it with a certain degree of overstatement that lightens the atmosphere. What also eases the tension overall is a freshness of the colour that is untypical for this kind of scene. The work seems to reflect a happy and positive period in the artist’s life during the first half of the 1930s.
Wrestlers is a sought-after example of the artist’s work from the early 1930s and has been exhibited at numerous thematic exhibitions.