A large and impressive early 20th Century bronze study of a walking lion with fine deep brown, gold and orange patination and good surface detail. Raised on naturalistic bronze base, signed Joe Descomps
Height: 30 cm
Width: 55 cm
Book Ref: Art Deco & Other Figures by Bryan Catley
Page No: 134
Joseph Descomps, French – 1869 to 1950 ~ Born at Clermont-Ferrand, he studied under Hiollin and exhibited figures and reliefs at the Salon des Artistes Francais of which he became a member from 1893 securing an honourable mention in 1898, a bonze medal in 1921, a silver in 1925 and gold in 1928. Descomps was elevated to the rank of Chevalier of the legion d’Honneur. Renowned for sculpting mythological and fine Art Deco streamlines figurative subjects.
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.