FEMME BRONZE SCULPTURE

by Joseph Csaky (1888-1971)
France, conceived 1921 & cast at later date


23 5/8" high; 7" wide; 8" deep

This cubistic bronze sculpture of a woman has a gold patina on a rough surface. It was conceived in 1921 and cast at a later date in an edition of 6.

Impressed CSAKY 21/ Susse Fondeur Paris with cachet/ E.A. 2/3.

Csaky during the 1920's created several soaring abstract cubistic figures. These are highly original pieces that draw upon Gothic and Egyptian art for inspiration. Up to this point in time, there had been nothing similar or comparable to these works in the history of modern sculpture. The tower figures are quasi-abstract figures, in which the emphasis is on the planar surfaces, scale, shape, sequence of openings, and the clean rectilinear clustering of solids. Csaky's feeling for order was the result of a new stimulus provided during this time by a group of artists. In 1919, Piet Mondrian returned to Paris. By 1920, Leonce Rosenberg had become the sponsor and dealer of Mondrian, Csaky, Leger and Lipchitz.

Provenance:
Collection du Chateau de Gourdon
Christie's Paris, June 30, 2011, Lot #327

Literature:
Felix Marcilhac, "Joseph Csaky, du cubisme historique a la figuration realiste, catalogue raisonne des sculptures", Paris, 2007, pp. 52 & 320 illus.
Edith Balas, "Joseph Csaky: A Pioneer of Modern Sculpture", American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, 1998, pp. 30 & 56.
Donald Karshan, En marge d'une exposition: les sculptures de Csaky (1888-1971), Paris, 1973, no. 13, another example illustrated p. 87.

$80,000 - Inv. #106