Mouseion The vexed man / Getty
Replica of the Messerschmidt sculpture, part of the Faces Collection.
This piece of art is a licensed replica. It has a stamp below the base and a certificate is included. Material: Resin. Height 20 cm. With certificate.
The elderly man's curmudgeonly mood is conveyed through his contorted, grimacing expression. His nostrils flare as if he is recoiling from an unpleasant smell, and wrinkles fan out across the temples from his tightly pressed eyes. Deeply etched symmetrical loops frame the compressed lips, and the sinews of the neck are stretched taut.
The original is carved in alabaster which, when freshly cut, is white but yellows over time, like the replica. Messerschmidt exploited its warm hue to mimic flesh tones, incorporating the stone's natural grain into his composition in the form of wrinkles across the forehead and cheeks. The face's smooth polished surfaces are contrasted with the coarsely chiseled hair brushed back behind the ears.
One of the pictures is the original sclulpture.