Art Deco Sculpture; those small
scale works of art produced for home decoration (and originally sold
in department stores and jewellers) that perfectly capture the
spirit of the age, with famous works by Demetre Chiparus, Ferdinand
Preiss, Claire Colinet and many other sculptors of that period now
being sold in major auction houses throughout the world to
collectors of the style eager to own the figures that appear to be
"frozen in time".
Born in Pontoise (Seine-et Oise), he studied under
Jean-Alexndre-Joseph Falguiere (1881 - 1900), who had reintroduced
and emphasized realism in nineteenth-century sculpture. Bouraine
was captured in Germany during the First World War, and interned
in Switzerland. In 1922, he exhibited at the Salon des Tuileries.
The following year he began to exhibit at the Salon d'Autommne.
He executed small-scale sculptures for several French firms,
including Susse Freres, Max Le Verrier and Austria's
Arthur Goldscheider, often exhibiting with the latter's
La Stele and L'Evolution groups. In 1928 Gabriell
Argy-rousseau (1885- 1953) commissioned a number of
figurines from Bouraine, mostly female nudes, but also a
fountain and an illuminated group, all of which were executed in
colored, translucent pate de verre. He executed two major
commissions for the 1937 Paris International Exhibition.
Art Deco sculptures are
emblematic of the early 20th Century's embracing of
dynamism, futurism and modernity and a lasting testament
to their style is that Art Deco figures are still
decorating the homes of the 21st Century.
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