Fabulous Art Deco bronze figure of an energetic dancer with her leg raised high. The surface of the bronze with excellent deep dark colour and very fine hand finished detail, raised on a marble base and signed B Zach
Height: 47 cm
Condition: Excellent Original Condition
Materials: Bronze and Marble
Book Ref Art Deco and Other Figures by Bryan Catley
Bruno Zach – There is an obvious influence of eroticism and sensuality on Bruno Zach’s sculptures such as ‘Stocking Tops’ and there is no question that this was primarily affected by the night life of Berlin
in the 1920’s. After World War I cabarets became extremely popular across Europe – and nowhere were they more popular than Germany. The Weimar government’s lifting of censorship saw German cabarets transform and flourish. Entertainment in the cabaret of Berlin was soon dominated by two themes: sex and politics. Stories, jokes, songs and dancing were laced with sexual innuendo. As the 1920s progressed this gave way to open displays of nudity, to the point where most German cabarets had at least some topless dancers. Prostitution was widely accepted and it became ‘de rigeur’ to use their services, whether one was male or female, and the Stocking Tops figure with its alluring charm had an undercurrent of lascivious intent.
This was the background in which Bruno Zach found himself when he moved to Berlin from Austria in 1920 and he immersed himself into the decadent night life with gusto. It is understood that he used many prostitutes as models for his sculptures and fell in love with a particular young lady who took great pleasure in refusing his marriage proposals.
When one considers Bruno Zach’s work with an understanding of the influences that permeated his life at the time, the overt sexuality of his subject matter becomes more acceptable and indeed more interesting.
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.
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