A very fine early 20th Century Austrian Art Deco cold painted bronze and ivory figure of a young beauty holding a striking pose with excellent hand carved detail and fine colour, signed HENN.
Height: 22 cm
Condition: Very Fine Original Condition
Materials: Cold Painted Bronze, Ivory & Onyx
Rudolph Henn (German, 1880 ~ 1958) Henn was born on 13th February 1880 Henn studied under Waderé and was active in Munich in the early 20th Century. A contemporary of Lorenzl and Preiss, Henn worked in both bronze and chryselephantine (the combination of bronze and ivory) producing small statuettes that emulated the vitality of the Art Deco era.
The Art Deco Period: although Art Deco derives its name from the great 1925 Paris Exhibition, ‘L’Exposition Internatlionale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes’, the term is now generally applied to the typical artistic productions of the 1920’s and 1930’s. It might best be characterised as an attempt to unite arts with industry, embracing the machine age and repudiating the old antithesis of ‘Fine’ and ‘Industrial’ art. The sources of the Art Deco movement include Egyptian and Mayan Art, Cubisim, Fauvism and Expressionism, heavily influencing the chief force underlying all Art Deco with the emphasis upon geometric patterns.