Analysis Of Erste Liebe: First Love

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Axel Poulsen Erste Liebe (First Love) The Danish sculptor Axel Poulsen was born in Copenhagen in 1887. After studying at the local art academy, he lived in Rome and Florence for several years. It was in Rome that he created the marble sculpture “Erste Liebe”, which made him famous overnight. When the National Gallery in Copenhagen wanted to buy the sculpture that got so much praise from critics, it had already been sold. The museum hired Poulsen to create a second version, which he completed in 1921. The sculpture on display in this exhibition is the first version. Werkstatt (Workshop) Rudolf Pohl A head of a girl with an ulcer on the upper lip, which she got from kissing; A head of a man, whose nose and upper lip are destroyed by chancres. The two related relief heads of a couple were part of a collection of waxworks that illustrate the effects of sexually transmitted diseases like syphilis, gonorrhoea, and chancres. The woman’s upper lip shows a clearly visible ulcer, in the man’s face, the ulcer has already spread to most parts of the face. The opposing heads drastically illustrate how at the turn of the century, many incurable sexually transmitted diseases could be passed on by kissing. Fidus Ohne Titel (Paar Im Sternenkranz) – Untitled (Couple in circle of stars) Fidus, whose civil name was Hugo Höppener, was a supporter of the Lebensreform movement. A central element of their doctrine was called ‘Freikörperkultur’ (naturism), which was part of their protest
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