Oedipus and Antigone

Artist: Josep Maria Subirachs

Title: «Oedipus and Antigone»

Year: 1955

Media: bronze

Edition: 9 copies

Size: 60 x 34 x 28 cm


During this period, the theme of the couple (man and woman) is quite recurrent; So, it can be useful when following the evolution of the Subaraquian work of this period. Oedipus and Antigone, a group of sculptures from 1955, marks a high point of the expressionist era. The male figure resembles the character that represents Life in the work Las parcas (The fates), despite the fact that here it is not as rigid and that in the formal display there is more dynamism.

«The fates», 1954 – by Subirachs

Many works by Subirachs are based on myths from ancient Greece. In this case, the work alludes to the myth of Oedipus, who, being king of Thebes, when he found that he had unknowingly killed his father and married his mother, he went into voluntary exile, gouged out his eyes and abandoned his family. Only Antigone, his daughter, followed him in his exile and served him as a guide until his death.