Bronze Code: 85
Height: 12.2 In
Width: 5.9 In
Weight: 6.8 LBs


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Delve into the artistic realm of the early 20th century with the genius of Otto Poertzel, a renowned German sculptor. Primarily known for his influential works during the 1920s and 1930s, Poertzel's creations embodied the vibrant and shifting cultural zeitgeist of the time. Notably, his work is heavily reflective of the bold and daring performances of Diaghilev ballet’s famed costumed dance show, the 'Russian Seasons', a spectacle that captivated and inspired Europe's creative bohemia.

Starting his artistic journey in Coburg in 1900, Otto studied at the Technical School of the Porcelain Industry under the guidance of Professor R. Moeller. His pursuit of excellence led him to the Munich Academy, where he studied under the acclaimed sculptor Professor Erwin Kurtz and Adolf von Hildebrandt. His talents caught the eye of the wider world when he showcased his work at prestigious venues such as the World's Fair in St. Louis in 1904 and the International Exhibition in Brussels in 1910.

The 1920s and 1930s saw Otto Poertzel's career flourish in Coburg. Patronized by nobility and aristocracy, including the Grand Duke - Charles Edward, he was commissioned to craft portrait busts and sculptural images of the ruling Ducal family of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Esteemed individuals like the exiled king of Bulgaria, Ferdinand, and the Emperor of Ethiopia, Hale Selassie, were also captured through Otto's discerning eye and talented hands.

Poertzel's proficiency in portraiture extended to the glamour and allure of theater stars, ballet maestros, music hall sensations, and silver screen icons. Simultaneously, his passion for horticulture is reflected in his exquisite garden sculptures and public statues, including several monumental installations. Although his works are often mistaken for those of Preiss due to their shared Berlin studio and similar styles, Poertzel's unique touch is very much present in them. His remarkable designs for firms like Preiss & Kassler and Rosenthal und Maeder testified to his status as one of Germany's outstanding sculptors.

Beyond his extensive portfolio, Otto Poertzel is revered for his ability to cast an eternal spell with his works, especially in creations like 'Snake Dance' and 'Bacchanal'. His art not only mirrors the world as he saw it, but it also allowed others to view life through Otto’s eyes – filled with beauty, passion, and ceaseless play of imaginations.