Antoine Louis Barye was a sculptor of the romantic period, most famous for his dynamic animalier works which captured the vitality of nature so beautifully. Barye was born in Paris on September 24th 1796 to a modest family, it is noted he did not receive any formal education, but had a notable creative flair from a young age. In 1818 he was admitted to the École des Beaux Arts, he discovered his passion for drawing animals at the Jardin des Plantes as part of his studies, later transforming his visions into sculptures.
Born in Lille, France on December 12th 1858, Emmanuel Villanis was to become one of the most productive and popular Sculptors of the late 19th Century. Recognised today as one of the foremost sculptors of the Art Nouveau era, he was able to capture such character and realism in his bronze busts that they are highly sought after around the world by avid collectors.
Since 1936, for over 80 years, Hickmet Fine Arts has been fortunate enough to work with some of the most renowned works of art from the Art Nouveau era. Over three generations we have witnessed the style fundamentally changed the course of art history, with it’s impact still felt today. Here we explore the origins of the movement and how it came to be one of the most defining styles of the 20th century.