FIGURE ABSTRAIT DEBOUT BRONZE SCULPTURE

by Joseph Csaky (1888-1971)
France, conceived in 1921 & cast posthumously in 1974


29" high; 6 ½" wide; 4 ¾" deep

This sculpture of a standing abstract cubistic figure has a reddish brown patina.
It was conceived in1921 and cast posthumously by the Atelier Csaky in 1974 in an edition of 8 with 2 artist's proofs and 2 hors commerce proofs.

Impressed CSAKY/ cachet of initials AC (for the Atelier Csaky)/ BLANCHET FONDEUR PARIS/ 2/8.

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 of Geoffrey Beene
Sotheby's New York, September 24, 2005, Lot #353
Collection du Chateau de Gourdon
Christie's Paris, June 30, 2011, Lot #323
The original stone sculpture was in the Collection of Vicomte Charles de Noailles, Paris.

Exhibited:
Musee d'Art Moderne, "Csaky, Sculptures - Dessins", Troyes, 1986.

Literature:
Felix Marcilhac, "Joseph Csaky, du cubisme historique à la figuration réaliste, catalogue raisonné des sculptures", Édition de l'Amateur, Paris, 2007, pp. 56, 100 & 321.
Edith Balas, "Joseph Csaky: A Pioneer of Modern Sculpture", American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, 1998, pp. 54, 55 & 82, figures, and pp. 28, 29 & 52 illustrated.
Donald Karshan, "Csaky", Depot 15, Paris,1973, p. 87 figure & no. 14 illustrated.
W. George, "Csaky", Paris, 1930, for illustration of original stone version in Collection of Vicomte Charles de Noailles.

$65,000 - Inv. #109