Libensky and Gratchova, Czech Republic, “the kiss”, 1960.
Height: 15.2 cm, width: approx. 15.5 cm, depth: approx. 6.5 cm.
Design 1958, variant made in 1960 of the 20th century, variant in details that differ from the final design. Here the light penetrates a smooth wall into the space of the sculpture, which is modeled as a negative relief. The uneven thickness of the glass in the mold and the final result influences the intensity of the transmitted light and thus the saturation of the glass colour. The viewer thus sees in full beauty the relief hidden in the work. They used the same principle for The Kiss /1958/, which became an iconic work of theirs. Here, in a block of glass in negative relief, there are two heads touching in a kiss. The popularity of this work is evidenced by the fact that the couple made a number of variants of these sculptures, which they used to give as gifts to their closest friends.
Glass sculpture made of amber-coloured glass, shape melted using the die melting technique, partly ground and then polished, partly left matt. The sculpture “Head 1 – The Kiss” shows two lovers in an intimate kiss in negative relief. Using this technique, the two artists worked on translating abstract concepts into glass, such as their notion of the fourth dimension, which they create with light. They discovered the inner space of a sculpture, which was something new. They combined inner and outer reliefs. The cut surface is engraved with diamond: ‘S. Libensky J. Brychtova ’60”. Execution: Glaswerke Zelezny Brod, manufactory . The offered “Kiss” is made from the first version of the 1958 mold, which was later modified. Variant produced in a small series, designed by the Czech artist couple in the 1960s. This variant dates from 1960. Origin: owned by a Czech glass artist, probably a friend of the couple.