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Georges Omerth ~ French, 1895 – 1935 - Georges Omerth was born in 1895 in a small town in the south of France. He showed an early interest in art, and at the age of just eighteen he began studying sculpture at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1919 he exhibited his first work, a bust of his friend Maurice Bourgeois, at the Salon d’Automne. Omerth’s art was heavily influenced by the Art Deco movement, which was popular at that time. He died tragically young in 1925, but left behind a body of work that is considered some of the finest examples of French Art Deco sculpture. Omerth was very versatile as a sculptor. His ouevre includes animalier pieces in the form of dogs and deer, French military subjects, art nouveau bronzes usually featuring women in various poses, and art deco sporting statues produced in the 1920s and 1930s depicting tennis, football and golf players.