An Egyptian Basalt Figure of a Man, 30th Dynasty/early Ptolemaic Period, 380-200 B.C.
- An Egyptian Basalt Figure of a Man
- Height 23 3/4 in. 60.3 cm.
Annemarie Meier-Graefe Broch (1905-1994), Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer, Côte d’Azur, France, circa 1935-1990
For related examples cf. Bernard V. Bothmer, Egyptian Sculpture of the Late Period, Brooklyn, 1960, pl. 72, no. 75, and pl. 77, no. 81, both dated to the reign of Nectanebo I (380-362 B.C.). Of the latter sculpture , the statue of Ankh-pa-khered in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mr. Bothmer writes that, in comparison with earlier sculptures of the Late Period, “…the forms presented in this figure of Ankh-pa-khered are surprisingly modest and restrained. Chest, rib cage, and abdomen are well indicated as individual units, but the transition from one to the other is invariably soft, and one can even detect a faint median line after early Saite fashion.”
Annemarie Broch, a wealthy heiress from a German banking family, married the German art historian and novelist Julius Alfred Meier-Graefe in 1925. Meier-Graefe had an illustrious career as an art critic and was regarded as a great authority in Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and Expressionism, writing among much else important biographies of Cezanne and Van Gogh. He had a particular fascination with ancient Egyptian art and archaeology, which is expressed in his book Pyramide und Tempel published by Rowohlt Berlin in 1927.
In 1930 the couple moved to the south of France to their new residence ‘La Banette’, in order to escape the rise of Nazism in their native land. A few years later Meier-Graefe died in Switzerland in 1935.
In 1949 she married the Austrian Modernist writer Hermann Broch. When Broch died only two years later in 1951, Annemarie returned to her beloved residence in the Côte d’Azur where she lived until her death in 1994. During this last period of her life she developed a friendship with Gottfried Honnefelder who was working on the literary works of both Hermann Broch and Julius Meier-Graefe for the publishing house Suhrkamp Verlag. She gave the present statue to him around the year 1990.