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Its contradictions are resonant and generative in relation to human will. In Hague’s early years, the transformations of the trunks were more forceful, and the results often more REANIMATING MATTER 25 ﬁgurative. Toward the end, the relation changed, so that more of the tree showed through. In his last years (he worked right up to the end), he listened more and asserted less. He became less concerned with ﬁnish, letting the tool marks show along with the irregularities of the wood. The forms became less labored, more spontaneous and raw.
But in this torso, you can see the dawning of a new engagement with his material. The strong circular grain radiates out from a linked solar plexus and mons veneris, and Hague responds by twisting the entire sculpture the other way, around the vertical axis— legs crossing demurely below as the upper torso lifts and torques the other way. In these turnings, the torso comes alive. Chestnut Torso (1946), photographer unknown; courtesy of Lennon, Weinberg Gallery, New York and the Raoul Hague Foundation REANIMATING MATTER 27 Jill Weinberg Adams has pointed out that this sculpture from 1946 may be the ﬁrst instance of Hague engaging directly with the whole form of a tree trunk: its shape, grain, texture, scale, and movement.
Beuys was one of the founding members of the Green Party in 1979, and he acted as an anarchist goad to the Greens until his death in 1986. “The Greens have a hard time,” he said, “seeing that ecological politics calls for a concept of creativity and culture that truly embraces human beings and makes them aware of how the whole can be conceived. . It is not just a question of conserving nature, but creating nature; the idea of human beings as creators. . ”1 The ﬁrst Beuys pronouncement I ever heard, in 1974, was this: “They say that human beings are not by nature suited to revolution.