The sculpture of the American artist and sculptor Eric Fischl “Falling Woman” is an example of modern art. This statue is dedicated to people who died during the terrorist attack that took place in America, in the city of New York, on September 11, 2001.
Before us is a sculpture of a female figure. A distinctive feature of the work – the female figure is in an inverted position. As conceived by the artist, this woman is a collective image of all those who suffered during the terrorist attack. Such an unusual body posture is not accidental. During the fire in shopping centers, many people were forced to jump from an incredible height down. Only in this way they had one chance in a million that they could be saved. But alas, most of them broke. It was these people falling from the windows that Eric Fischl portrayed in this work.
We see that a woman’s legs are far above the level of her head. The artist as if standing there, under burning buildings, and managed to photograph a fleeting moment when some stranger jumped from a height to the ground. We see her figure freeze. The head had already reached the ground, but the legs had not yet landed. They hover in the air. Such incompleteness, incompleteness of the action gives the work additional tragedy. It seems that there is still a chance to help the unfortunate.
The face of the woman is not visible, but her body is absolutely relaxed – it succumbed to the air and speed, went limp. The right hand of a woman fell on her chest, close to her face. The left hand is still in motion, in free flight.
Surprisingly, the contemporary American artist portrays an atypical, non-standard female figure. This body seems to have “descended” from the work of Rubens. The legs are plump, the feet are disproportionately large. The sculpture is dark, almost black, which also gives the imprint of a deadly, tragic event.