Bronze with a nuanced dark brown patina
cast by HEBRARD
height 37 cm
Pedro Meylan (1890-1954) was a Swiss sculptor of Argentine origin. His vocation as a sculptor led the young man to a training course in an art school, in Geneva and then in Munich. He was deeply impressed by his teacher, Adolf Hildebrand, who seeked to express himself in a language inspired by Greek antiquity. Steeped in this classicism, Pedro Meylan participated, unsuccessfully, in the Competition for the Monument to the fallen soldiers in the service of the homeland in Geneva, in 1920.
Around 1925, Pedro Meylan distanced himself as much from his classical beginnings as from the then Genevois style, characterized by its monumentality and gravity, and whose omnipresent representative was James Vibert, strongly influenced by Ferdinand Hodler. Meylan then turned to an exuberant expression, tormented and realistic, close to that of Jules Dalou, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux or Auguste Rodin. And he was confined to the only field of busts. If international organizations and political figures illustrating the League of Nations provided him with a large clientele, Meylan also realized the portraits of intellectuals, poets and artists.