Wall sconce

Susi Singer Austrian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 774

The vogue for such Viennese-inspired sculpture was widespread in America. One of the leading exponents of such work was Susi Singer. An Austrian emigré, Singer produced ceramics for the Wiener Werkstatte studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna, under Professor Michael Powolny, and she quickly a leading ceramic artists in Europe, winning awards at world’s fairs including the International Paris Exposition of 1925. Like many artists, she fled Europe in 1937, and soon received a teaching position at the ceramics department at Scripps College in Claremont, California. As can be seen by this figural wall sconce, Singer’s geographical shift did not greatly alter her aesthetic. Its imagery of a young girl in fluttering drapery bespeaks the artist’s earlier Austrian training.

Wall sconce, Susi Singer (Austrian, Vienna 1891–1965 California), Earthenware, American

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