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The Amazon - Godefroid Devreese (1861-1941)
The Amazon - Godefroid Devreese (1861-1941) - Sculpture Style The Amazon - Godefroid Devreese (1861-1941) -
Ref : 110194
14 500 €
Period :
20th century
Artist :
Godefroid Devreese (1861-1941)
Provenance :
Medium :
Dimensions :
l. 24.8 inch X H. 22.05 inch X P. 7.09 inch
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The Amazon - Godefroid Devreese (1861-1941)

Amazone, bronze sculpture, signed and dated: "G. Devreese / 86" with the founder's mark: "H. Luppens & Cie / Bruxelles".

Son of sculptor Constant Devreese, he naturally began as an apprentice in his father's workshop, taking drawing classes at the Kortrijk Academy. Between 1881 and 1886, he enrolled at the Brussels Academy as a pupil of sculptors Eugène Simonis and Charles Van Der Stappen, with whom he became close friends.
He won numerous awards for his work, as well as grants that enabled him to travel extensively, notably to England, the Netherlands and Paris.
Although Godefroid Devreese has always been regarded as Belgium's greatest medallist, he is also renowned for the creation of monuments (Monument commémoratif de la bataille des Eperons d'or à Courtrai; Monument des Bienfaiteurs à Schaebeek, Bruxelles).

The work we are presenting is Godefroid Devreese's first masterpiece, and was a great success at the time of its creation. The three best foundrymen produced bronzes for this sculpture at different times: J. Petermann, Compagnie des Bronzes and H. Luppens.
The artist's virtuosity is fully expressed in the naturalistic, precise rendering of the horse's anatomy and in the attentive expression of the rider. Reflecting a changing world, the end of the century saw the horse occupy an important place in society, where it went beyond its utilitarian role to become a prime figure in society's leisure activities.
It also witnessed the changing status of women in society,

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Bronze Sculpture