(Stribach near Lienz 1868–1926 Zwölfmagreien/Bolzano)
Unfortunately not on display at the moment
Full of energy and assured of victory, their weapons poised, a phalanx of powerful soldiers surges towards the beholder with bounding strides. In their simplified plasticity the figures appear devoid of individuality and to be moving in unison, like an incarnation of the mechanisms of the first industrialized war of mass destruction in the history of mankind, the First World War. In contrast to his later oeuvre, in which the graphic artist and painter Albin Egger-Lienz (1868–1926) addressed the oppressive consequences of the War, such as pain, suffering and death, and transferred them into monumental and expressive forms, his monochrome 1915 lithograph Surging Soldiers conveys a war-affirming pathos. This ambivalence is further evidenced by Egger-Lienz’s painting War, created shortly afterwards, which shows the same subject but with the addition of fallen soldiers.