Dramatic bronze study of a lady reclining in the position of a reclining sphinx with fine colour and smooth tactile surface, raised on a black marble base, numbered 16/1000 & signed Ernst Fuchs with foundry mark Venturi Arte
This erotic bronze sculpture of a lying sphinx was created by the Austrian artist Ernst Fuchs in the 1970s. The bronze is brown patinated and lies loosely on a black marble base. Ernst Fuchs made a series of sphinx sculptures which differ in the look of the hair and headdress. The sphinx, a figure of ancient Greek mythology, is supposed to be an enigmatic and baneful creature which gets an erotic connotation in the present depiction.
Height: 23 cm
Length: 40 cm
Condition: Excellent Original Condition
Materials: Bronze and Marble
Foundry: Venturi Arte
Ernst Fuchs (13 February 1930 – 9 November 2015) was an Austrian painter, draftsman, printmaker, sculptor, architect, stage designer, composer, poet, singer and one of the founders of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism. In 1972, he acquired the derelict Otto Wagner Villa in Hütteldorf, which he restored and transformed. The villa was inaugurated as the Ernst Fuchs Museum in 1988. Fuchs studied sculpture with Emmy Steinbock (1943), attended the St. Anna Painting School where he studied under Professor Fröhlich (1944), and entered the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna (1945) where he began his studies under Professor Robin C. Anderson, later moving to the class of Albert Paris von Gütersloh. At the Academy, he met Arik Brauer, Rudolf Hausner, Fritz Janschka, Wolfgang Hutter, and Anton Lehmden, together with whom he later founded what has become known as the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism. He was also a founding member of the Art-Club (1946), as well as the Hundsgruppe, set up in opposition to it in 1951, together with Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Arnulf Rainer.