Other name Fritz
Born Frankfurt, Germany
Died London, England
Kormis was apprenticed to a sculpture workshop at the age of 14, then drafted into the army during the First World War. In 1915 he was captured, wounded and imprisoned for five years in Siberia, eventually escaping and returning to Frankfurt. In 1934 he moved first to Holland and then to England, later gaining British citizenship. Much of his work was lost after his studio was bombed in 1940. His work includes a memorial to Prisoners of War and Concentration Camp Victims in Gladstone Park, Dollis Hill and a relief plaque, Marchers, outside Kings College, London.
Date c. 1949
Object type sculpture
Materials and techniques plaster (medium)
Dimensions 46.2 x 19.1 x 8 cm
Acquisition presented by Willi Soukop RA 1992
Accession number 1992-6
Display status not on display
Kormis’ most important work remained distinctly personal in origin. He first exhibited a maquette for a Memorial for a war cemetery at a solo exhibition at the Berkeley Galleries, West London, in May 1946, believing that ‘the post-war world need[ed] artistically significant monuments which serve[d] no immediate utilitarian purpose’. For the rest of his working life he wrestled with the problem of how to deliver a war memorial which combined both ‘bereavement and hope’, eventually resulting in his Monument to Prisoners of War erected in Gladstone Park, Dollis Hill, in 1970. His works on these themes also includes 'Marchers' (1974), outside King’s College London, and a supporting, emblematic series of prophets. An earlier study for a memorial, exhibited in 1946, included an adolescent boy called 'The Young Prophet'. This piece may be a maquette for a later iteration of this subject.