A delightful Art Nouveau Bronze bust of a young beauty covering her smile in a pleasing manner. The surface of the bronze with rich red/brown patina and fine hand finished detail, signed Van der Straeten and stamped with foundry pastille.
Height: 19 cm
Width: 9 cm
Depth: 8 cm
Condition: Excellent Original Condition
Foundry: Societe des Bronzes
Book Reference: Bronzes of the 19th Century by Pierre Kjellberg
Page No. 622
Georges Van der Straeten was a Belle Epoque sculptor born in Ghent, Belgium, on December 21, 1856. He studied law by day and sculpture by night under the Neo-Baroque sculptor Jef Lambeaux (1852-1908) , but his love of the art won over and he became a professional sculpture. By 1878 he had become one of Brussels most prolific sculptors. He moved to Paris on advice of his friend the renown painter, Jan Van Beers and became well known for his figures of clowns, pierrots, ragamuffins, circus performers, buxom peasant girls and seductive Parisian ladies. He also gained recognition for his portrait busts of contemporary notables and beautiful women. He had an uncanny skill at capturing facial expressions which clearly portrayed sadness or joy. Some of his female figures are very similar to Emmanuelle Villanis pieces. The artist died in 1928.
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