Originally Published in Washington Post on 3/30/2019
Written By: Sebastian Smee
Ursula von Rydingsvard is the daughter of a woodcutter from a long line of peasant farmers. And if that sounds like the beginning of a Brothers Grimm fairy tale, it isn’t.
Von Rydingsvard, 76, sculpts in wood, creating objects that look unlike anything else in the medium. Her work — both violent and yielding, fiercely willed and oddly relaxed — is the subject of a commanding solo show, on view through July 28 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
Von Rydingsvard was born in Deensen, Germany, in 1942. Her mother was Polish. Her Ukrainian father …
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