Amazonian by Bouraine

Amazonian by Bouraine
  • Marcel Bouraine Bronze Amazonian 7721a
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A striking Art Deco silvered bronze figure of a brave Amazonian female warrior preparing to throw her spear with smooth silvered surface and very fine detail, raised on a variegated brown onyx plinth. Signed Bouraine and inscribed Etling Paris

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Bouraine Amazonian

In Greek mythology, the Amazons were a race of warlike women noted for their courage and pride who lived at the outer limits of the known world, sometimes specifically mentioned as the city of Themiskyra on the Black Sea. Their queen was Hippolyta and although Homer tells us they were ‘the equal of men’, they fought and lost separate battles against three Greek heroes: Hercules, Theseus and Bellerophon. Scenes from these battles were popular in Greek art, especially on pottery and in monumental sculpture adorning some of the most important buildings in the Greek world.

In mythology, the Amazons were daughters of Ares, the god of war. They were a women-only society where men were welcomed only for breeding purposes and all male infants were killed. In legend, the Amazons burnt off their right breast in order to better use a bow and throw a spear, indeed, the word amazon may signify ‘breastless’. Interestingly though, Amazons are not depicted in Greek art with a missing breast. They are most often depicted wearing hoplite armour and frequently ride a horse. The most common weapon is the bow and spear but there are also examples where Amazons carry axes. They were brutal and aggressive, and their main concern in life was war.

Marcel André Bouraine (French, 1886 ~ 1948) Marcel was born in Pontoise in 1886. In the main he was self taught. His works capture an enigmatic realism of the period. He was was taken prisoner by the Germans during the 1914 – 1918 war and so interested his captors that they gave him many works to execute. He was interned in Switzerland where he produced many monuments, of which one was for Lausanne. He exhibited at all the main Paris Salons.

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