Hamburg, 1923. Bog oak, full-round carved. Verso at its base sign. and dat. 'Karl Opfermann 1923', on the bottom side old exhibition's label 'Große Berliner Kunstausstellung No. 000724'. Small cracks, dam. to base. H. 77 cm. - The expressive early work of Karl Opfermann is notedly inspired by Ernst Barlach. In its calm emotionalism the figure reflects the shock of the years of the First World War. - Sculptor and graphic artist, after trained as ornament creator he studied in Hamburg with R. Luksch, 1919 he joined the Berlin 'Novembergruppe' and the Hamburger Sezession. - Mus.: Hamburg (Kunsthalle), Schleswig. - Lit.: Thieme-Becker, Vollmer, Der Neue Rump and Exh. cat.: Die Hamburgische Sezession 1919-1933, Fischerhude 2003, p. 130f.