[Translate to Engels:] Oswald Wenckebach
'De technische student (The technical student)', 1959
Oswald Wenckebach receives a classical education at the School of Applied Arts at Haarlem and continues his studies at the Academy of Arts of Vienna. That school places a strong emphasis on the anatomy of the human body, students paying weekly visits to the operating theatre of the local hospital.
Wenckebach (1895 - 1962) begins his career making two-dimensional work: woodcuts, etchings, lithographs and paintings. In 1920 however he destroys it all and begins sculpting. At first in the classical Greek and Roman traditions. Only later, during the nineteen fifties, does he develop a style of his own.
His sculptures always depict human figures. Earlier works, like the statue of the industrialist Anton Philips near the Eindhoven railway station, are realistic images. Later Wenckebach incorporates mild irony in strictly stylized designs. A good example is 'De technische student' ('The student of technology'), who seems to be leaning on his diploma rather frivolously and looking to the future with confidence. It is one of Wenkebach's last works.