"I am part of that power which eternally wills evil and eternally works good," says Mephistopheles in Goethe's "Faust". The figure of Woland in Bulgakov's "The Master and Margarita" has the same attitude.
But it seems to me that Antokolsky showed us the "post-Goethean" Mephistopheles. He is a deeply doubtful hero, aware of his power, the inevitability of his actions, and the perniciousness of their consequences. He is not the same Woland who majestically escaped to eternity at the head of his eternal companions. This is the part of him that has remained in each of us. We do not have magic and eternity. We have already done "eternal evil," but the "eternal good" has yet to be done. This is the meaning of this composition for me.
Compared to a common plaster model, I tried to make the surface more expressive, like the original bronze and marble sculptures. The brightly worked folds and hillocks emphasize the composition and make the image more tragic. The rough texture of the surface reproduces a feeling of molding, a lively relationship to form. The sharpened pupils make the hero seeable and release pain and doubts.
This philosophical image would fit a scientist's office or a classic living room.
It can be cast in plaster, plastic or bronze. If you are ready to pay for molding and casting, I will not take anything for my work, because for me it was a training composition.
Life size (approx 50 cm high). Price will include only molding and casting.