A powerful Art Deco bronze figure of an athletic man in a dramatic stance with his fore leg balanced upon a rock loosing his bow with excellent deep black and ochre coloured patina and very fine hand chased surface detail, signed Gibert
Height: 63 cm
Width: 74 cm
Condition: Excellent Original Condition
Lucien Gibert (1904-1988) began his training alongside his father who worked as a cabinetmaker.
In 1921, he arrived in Paris to attend the courses of Jean Boucher at the ‘Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Paris’ where he graduated. As of 1923, he regularly exhibited at the ‘Salon des Indépendants.’
He received numerous public commissions and executed two monumental sculptures, a female and a male, representing two young athletes, that currently adorns the entrance of the Charléty Stadium in Paris. He also created more than 200 medals with the ‘Monnaie de Paris’ of which he was then the director.
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.