Joachim Berthold, born 1917 in Eisenach, lived and worked until his death in 1990 in Oberaudorf am Inn. In 1936 he began his training at the renow ned Werkschule in Cologne. There he met his artist colleague and later wife Gisela BertholdSames and he continued his studies until 1941 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. From 1945 he worked as a freelance sculptor. This was followed by hard artist years in which the execution of any commissioned work to secure a livelihood left little time for free work. Gradually, the situation improved until, from the 1960s, it gained international renown through more and more numerous and important exhibitions at home and abroad, large orders from industry and cities as well as museum acquisitions.
Berthold's appearance was striking. This corresponds to his figurative, mainly in bronze realized small to larger than lifesized sculptures. The topic of his work was the man. He was not concerned with the representation of individual, external manifestations. His sculptures are reduced to the essentials, re main in their economical movements, without facial expressions, anonymous and timeless. The essence of man and his development between becoming and decay were his concerns.
Through the mental processing of Greek metaphors, he concentrated on the depiction of the human forms involved in a matter or in their own body form and dissolving out of it, as well as cast their own shadow. Berthold's typical formal idiom lives from the antagonism of convex and concave, perfectly smoothed and rough, sometimes broken surfaces, exposing the underlying innermost amorphous layers.