A fabulous early 20th Century Art Deco cold painted silver bronze figure of a beautiful woman standing naked on a naturalistic mound as she holds aloft a winged dragon helmet with a dragon wrapped around her legs. The bronze surface with excellent colour and very fine detail, signed Hannaux
Height: 39 cm
Condition: Excellent Original Condition
Materials: Gilt Bronze
Book Ref Art Deco and Other Figures by Bryan Catley
Emmanuel Hannaux (born January 31, 1855 in Metz , died May 19, 1934 in Paris) was a French sculptor who was born in 1855 in Metz. He began his training at the "Industrial School" in Strasbourg , which was interrupted by the outbreak of the Franco-German War in 1870. He returned to Metz to continue his education in Nancy at the "École de Modelage et de Sculpture - School of Sculpture Design". During this time he denied his maintenance with the carving of pipes. In 1876 he moved to Paris and was admitted to the " École nationale supérieure des beaux -arts de Paris ". Here he studied under A. Dumont, Thomas and Bonnassieux.
Emmanuel Hannaux died in 1934.
From his marriage with a professor of mathematics, also from Metz, who taught at a Parisian high school, the son of Paul Hannaux (1899-1954) emerged, a well-known French landscape, portrait, still life and figure painter.
The Art Deco Period
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.