Born in Toulouse in 1881, Maurice Guiraud-Rivière was an eminent French sculptor and designer of the Art Deco period whose work survives primarily in bronze. The Nephew of the sculptor Théodore Rivière, he was a pupil of the National School of Fine Arts where he studied under the direction of Antonin Mercié, who was his uncles own master. He was trained in modern design techniques and methods by Antonin which propelled him into his career as a leading artist of the Art Deco movement.
We thought it would be fun to do a little interview with David Hickmet, Managing Director of Hickmet Fine Arts, so those of you who haven’t met him can get to know him a bit better, and those who do know him can get a bit more insight into what makes him tick!
Louis Ernest Barrias was unquestionably one of the most successful and prolific sculptors of his generation. He started his training at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1858 and was awarded the Prix de Rome in 1864. His drew from a wide range of themes in his work, from religious subjects to scenes of stark violence. While Barrias produced many traditional figures, such as his sculpture of the young Mozart (see left) he had a strong interest in creating mythologicall works, learned from ancient and Renaissance examples learned during his time as Beaux-Arts.
At Hickmet Fine Arts there is little we love more than visiting museums and exhibitions dedicated to our favourite artists. The venues feature the absolute best of the best, curated by experts, so visiting them in person is an invaluable experience.
We regularly get questions from clients who want to know how to incorporate the antiques that they love into their home décor. Whether you collect antiques from only one era or you have a wide interest across a breadth of styles, knowing how to best present them is important.
To really get the full experience of art and antiques, one can’t understate the value of visiting museums and exhibitions. Viewing these collections, which are curated by experts who take the utmost care to include the absolute best of the best, brings so many benefits.