Impressive Austrian cold painted silver bronze figure of a naked Art Deco lady in a questioning pose with one hand out, signed Adolph and raised on a tall cylindrical Brazilian green onyx base.
Provenance: From the magnificent Jackie Collins Collection – A Life in Chapters – acquired for her collection in the 1970’s
Height: 32 cm
Condition: Excellent Original Condition
Materials: Cold Painted Bronze & Onyx
Josef Adolph ~ Austrian, created many small figural models in the Art Deco period around 1910-1939. Typical for Adolph and at the same time characteristic of the Art Deco era, was the depiction of the concept of modern life - in particular, that of the “modern woman” in rhythmic, sensual and aerodynamic poses taken from the new forms of dance, for which there was a lot of enthusiasm at that time.
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.