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The Work Of Franz Xaver Messerschmidt

Franz Xaver Messerschmidt was an 18th century sculptor who completed a series of bizarre ‘character heads’ displaying extremes of emotion.

The artist  suffered from agonizing stomach cramps throughout his life and explained that the various grimaces were observed after repeated pinches to his lower ribs, self-administered to take his mind of the stomach pain. 

Messerschmidt Wiki.

(via 4conceptstore)