Jindřich Wielgus / Miner with a Block
Among the most significant of such works is Miner with a Block (1945). The bronze study and the finished work were made at a time when there was no longer any demand for works on the theme of work, but it is a study of a high standard by a sculptor who was well acquainted with the life of workers. The figure of a man in contrapposto carrying a heavy load is depicted minimalistically, without narrativity and unnecessary naturalism. Maybe that is precisely why it so perfectly captures the human condition. The work intuitively reflects the spiritual dimension and man’s Sisyphus-like striving, rather than the physical toil. Woman was another of the sculptor’s major themes —— woman as a symbol of beauty, sensuality and exhilarating youth, which is evoked by extreme simplification of volume and rounded shaping of the lines. Jindřich Wielgus produced numerous uncommissioned architectonic sculptures such as the sculptural group Late Afternoon II at Ostrava–Poruba, or the sculpture Eve in the spa park at Darkov.