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Ásmundur Sveinsson

Móðurást

Year
1948
Height
63 cm
Width
38 cm
Category
Skúlptúr
Sub-category
Tréskúlptúr

The sculpture was first made by Ásmundur in plaster of Paris, and later reworked in oak. Alternative titles have been Tröllamóðir/Troll Mother and Maternité. Mother Love puts forward an anti-war message; in this simple structure the artist seeks to bring out the nature of woman, the mother, faced with the terrors and horrors of war. Interviewed by editor Matthías Johannessen in Bókin um Ásmund, the artist said: “There is Mother Love. You can see she is holding the baby. One of the woman’s breasts has been shot off, leaving a hole. Our conscience sometimes has holes in it. The void, which is compositionally necessary, also tells a tale. The woman strives with her remaining breast to protect her child and save it. I have said to mothers: I urge you to campaign against war. Deliver your children from evil, as the Lord’s Prayer says. War is the worst of all evils.”

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