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"The Squall"


"The Squall", an early 20th Century, Art Deco, cold painted bronze and ivory figurine of a young woman in a long coat, battling against strong winds. Hand finished surface details and enamel colours, raised on an onyx plinth. Signed 'Chiparus'.

Demétre Chiparus was born in Romania in 1886. In 1909 at the age of 23,  Chiparus travelled to Florence Italy to study at the studio of Raffaello Romanelli. By 1912 he had moved to Paris to study at the École des Beaux-Arts under Antonin Mercié and Jean Boucher.

The Early works of Chiparus were created in realistic style, mostly of young girls and children and were first exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1914. He later exhibited there in 1923 and 1928.

Most of his most notable works were made between 1914 and 1933 with the mature style beginning to take shape at the beginning of the 1920’s with the decadent Jazz age and style of the 1920’s Paris scene shown so clearly In Chiparus’ works. 

Chiparus' finely patterned surface casting with his depiction of the dancers of the Ballet Russes and early French theatre stars cemented his place as one of the most important sculptors of the period.

Chiparus worked predominately with the Etling and Cie Foundry in Paris and Les Neveux de J.Lehmann foundry. 

Artist: Demétre Chiparus (1886-1947)

Origin: France

Date: circa 1925

Height: H 31cm, W 15cm, D 7cm 

Item no: 0303206

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