Bronze with a nuanced brown patina
cast by THINOT
marked with the number 2/8
height : 22,2 cm
A similar model is reproduced in « Baltasar Lobo, Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre sculpté », Joseph Emile Müller, La bibliothèque des Arts Paris, 1985, n°338.
Baltasar Lobo (1910-1993) was a Spanish sculptor of the new School of Paris. His grandfather being a stonemason, from childhood Baltasar Lobo Casuero learnt to work wood in the carpentry of his father. In 1922 he entered the studio of the sculptor Ramón Núñez in Valladolid as an apprentice where he made wooden sculptures of saints for the processions. With a scholarship he continued his training from 1927 at the School of Fine Arts in Madrid, which he considered a "cemetery" and he left after three months. His father then joined him in Madrid while he worked at the cemetery making reliefs and heads, and he attended the evening classes of the School of Arts and Crafts, specializing in the direct cutting of wood and marble . He then discovered the works of Picasso, Dali, Miró and Gargallo. During the Spanish Civil War, most of his works were destroyed during bombings, and in 1939 Lobo fled the Franco regime with survivors of the Catalan army.
When Lobo arrived in Paris, he slept under the bridges and at the Saint-Lazare station, joined by his wife. He went to see Picasso, who was not at home, left him a box of drawings, then came back the next day and enjoyed his generous and friendly help. He could then settle in the studio that left Naum Gabo, making friend with Henri Laurens and working some years in his garden the marbles that he received. The art of Baltasar Lobo then simplified, in the spirit of the works of Constantin Brâncusi, Jean Arp or Henry Moore. He developed an archaic character and then continued to accentuate the non-figuration, around the themes of the female nude, Maternity and Bather, inspired by the drawings made during his stays around 1945-1946 at La Ciotat where many Spanish worked at the shipyard. He met Brancusi and the Spanish painters Tàpies, Parra, Xavier Oriach, Pelayo, Palazuelo. Baltasar Lobo exhibited in the 1950s and 1960s at the Galerie Villand and Galanis. A retrospective exhibition of his work was presented in 1960 at the Museum of Modern Art in Madrid. Subsequently Lobo was appointed in 1981 an officer of Arts and Letters in France and received in 1984 the National Prize for Plastic Arts in Spain.
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