Buddha's Inner Smile

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Object Name: 
Buddha's Inner Smile
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Overall H: 50.9 cm, W: 21.4 cm; Base W: 14 cm
Not on Display
Web Description: 
Eisch is internationally known for his mold-blown and painted glass sculptures, but he is also a prolific painter. His sculptures almost always take the form of male or female heads, as it is people, their relationships, and their states of mind that most interest him. Eisch’s free and untraditional approach to art, and especially to glass, was an important influence on young American studio glass artists in the late 1960s and 1970s.
Heller Gallery, Source
Primary Description: 
Sculpture, "Buddha's Inner Smile". Colorless glass; mold-blown, enameled, silvered, engraved. Head shape; head expands at top of skull into irregular bubble shape with blue and red tinted enamels and three black enamel figures in outline; engraved dotted line on right side above hair line; signed in script near base of neck "E. Eisch [in script] 82"; cemented to rectangular glass base.
I've Got Glass! I've Got Life!: Passionate Contemporary Glass Art
Toyama Glass Art Museum 2015-08-21 through 2015-11-08
Corning Museum of Glass 2012-03-15 through 2013-02-03
Masters of Studio Glass: Erwin Eisch is a special exhibition of 22 vessels and sculptures by one of the founders of studio glass in Europe, Erwin Eisch (German, b. 1927). The exhibition recognizes Eisch for his achievements in developing glass as a material for artistic expression, and it celebrates the 50th anniversary of the birth of studio glass in the United States. Eisch, a close friend of American Studio Glass founder, Harvey K. Littleton (American, b. 1922), had a profound influence on the development of American, as well as European, studio glass. Objects in the exhibition span 40 years of Eisch’s career in glass from 1964 to 2004. His works are tradition-breaking, and his radical thoughts about art reflect the unorthodox approach to glass that has characterized his work throughout his career. All of the works presented are drawn from the Museum’s collection.
Eisch's Show
Heller Gallery 1982-04 through 1982-04
I've got glass! I've got life!: Passionate contemporary glass art (2015) illustrated, p. 85, 142 (#39); BIB# 149088
1950'den gunumuze cam heykel sanati (2007) illustrated, p. 26, #29; BIB# 120378
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass (1992) illustrated, p. 136, #136; BIB# 35679
Recent Important Acquisitions, 25 (1983) illustrated, p. 276, #61; BIB# AI98084
Erwin Eisch (1982-10) p. 20; BIB# AI6757