Liberal trade-unions medal by Marcel Rau
It is a piece that shouldn't work: the perspectival distortion between the nub and the rim of the wheel are obvious, the man's arms seems too short (fore-shortened?), the angular lines of the wheel and the arm and the torso as the man stops the wheel jar against one another--and yet the composition of the whole in its square frame is arresting, and the stylized sun in the upper right corner (whatever its symbolism) provides a perfect circular balance for the partial wheel hub in the lower left. As I said, the composition shouldn't work, but it does, and its effect is strong and striking. A most amazing piece; a singular piece. Fascinating and stimulating.
Joseph Styles.
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