Ewald Mataré

*1887 in Burtscheid (now Aachen), Germany

† 1965 in Meerbusch, Germany

Ewald Mataré, Liegende Kuh [Lying cow], 1930, Kunsthaus NRW Kornelimünster © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2021 / Photo: Simon Vogel

The German sculptor Ewald Mataré took an early stand against the exploitation of animals. The artist was an outspoken animal lover and lived on a farm in a rural idyll near Düsseldorf with cows, chickens and horses, which became his objects of study. His depictions of animals are characterised by a reduced formal language and are captivating in their harmonious abstraction. The flat lying figure of a cow gives the viewer the impression of calm and balance. Mataré’s conception of nature and art is condensed into a unity in his depictions of animals.