by Jan Martel (1896-1966) & Joel Martel (1896-1966)
France, conceived 1930 & cast 2001

41 ½" high; 13" wide; 6 7/8" deep

This bronze sculpture with black patina was made posthumously from the original with permission of the family. It is a cubistic depiction of man, woman and child on a rectangular base. It rests on a contemporary black wood base.

Twin brothers Jan and Joël Martel were avant-garde sculptors who were among the founding members of the Union des Artistes Modernes. Their original works, Cubist in nature and of the Art Deco period, included ornamental sculptures, statues, monuments and fountains. The twin brothers shared the same workshop and jointly created works which they co-signed JJ MARTEL. They were best known for their four concrete Cubist “trees” designed for a garden setting in collaboration with architect Robert Mallet-Stevens at the 1925 Exposition des Arts Décoratifs et Industrial Modernes in Paris. They also exhibited at numerous Paris exhibitions including the Salons des Independents, Salons d’Automne, Salon des Tuileries and Salon Musicalistes. In 1932, they created a monument to the great French composer and musician Clause Debussy on boulevard Lannes in Paris. An exhibition was organized for their 100th anniversary of their birth in 1996 at the Hotel de Ville de Boulogne-Billancourt, the Musee Despiau-Wlerick in Mont-deMarsan and the Musee d’Art et Industrie de Roubaix.

Collection of Geoffrey Beene
Sotheby's New York, September 24, 2005, Lot #16

The original plaster model was exhibited at 1er Salon de l'Union des Artistes Modernes, Paris, 1930.

Art et Decoration, August 1930, p. 41 for the large plaster model in the studio of the Martel brothers.
Anny Levy-Gutmann, "Joel et Jan Martel: Sculpteurs d'aujourd'hui,” Art et Decoration, March 1934, pp. 84-85.
Bruno Foucart, Christophe Vital, Emmanuel Bréon, et al, Joel et Jan Martel: Sculpteurs 1896-1966, Gallimard/Electra, Paris, 1996, pp. 84, 98, 154-155, 180.

$120,000 - Inv. #100