Marion Gräfin Dönhoff

i wanted to carve a portrait of Marion Gräfin Dönhoff, as to me, she was one of the greatest woman in germany in our time…. she was in the resistance against hitler, and after the war she was become quickly chief editor of the zeit, and later she was one of the publishers. she was founder of the german society for outer politics and worked for understanding between different nations. and has written many books, political, and historical ones… and what i love in particular on her, was her vivid interest for all around her, even up to her high age. Here is a link to google fotos of her, so if you wish, you can compare how close i come with my portrait.

i am using mainly reference fotos of her that show her when she was 90 years. since i never met her, i collected fotos from internet, and from a biographie of her i do have. so, the situation is a little chalenging, since none of the fotos is really front, or really side, actually she seem to have prefered a certain pose, and many fotos show this one… and since this lady died in 2002 i cant ask her anymore for letting me do fotos. i hope though i can at least capture her spirit, her attitude, and this way keep her memory alive …

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marianne
    Jul 16, 2009 @ 04:55:52

    It was very interesting following your carving. I must commend you on your style. The carving faithfully follows the style of that era. Reminds me of my Mom at that time
    Nicely done.
    Marianne

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    • dorisfiebig
      Jul 16, 2009 @ 07:29:51

      thank you marianne. yes, to me a portrait needs show also the “world” the person lived in, that what was typical, and she was very clear in her style, it belonged to her character, so i tried capture it. glad you noticed it. thank you again for commenting, i appreciate very much you letting me know how the work reads to you.

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  2. Ed Pitts
    Mar 06, 2010 @ 22:06:40

    Very Good.
    I like the way you show us the carving process from the outside in.
    I think too many of us start worrying about details before we rough out the carving.

    Ed

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    • dorisfiebig
      Mar 06, 2010 @ 23:07:00

      hi ed, yes you are so right,that it is most important to get the big forms and shapes right before even thinking of details…and, the amazing is, if you do it this way, i mean, carve first the big shapes, then you will be surprised with a good likeness before you even started to think of details… this is, before the basic shapes are what make us recognize a person, not how she or he has the mouth shaped, for example… my husband, for example recognized her in the stage of the 5th image on page 2 carving stage of marion doenhoff
      i did not tell him whom i carve, but he saw it at this stage already…

      Reply

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