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19th & 20th Century Sculpture

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Dominique Alonzo
EARLY 20TH CENTURY
FRENCH
FEMALE NUDE
signed: Alonzo
white marble, on a nero portoro marble base
83cm., 32¾in. overall
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Catalogue Note

After learning the tradition of Carrier-Belleuse from his master Falguière, Dominique Alonzo became an established sculptor in the Art Deco style during the early twentieth century, his marbles often accommodating multiple media. The present marble demonstrates Alonzo's deviation from the contemporary vogue among sculptors for eroticism and seduction, indulging instead a nostalgia after a past ideal. Alonzo’s Nude expresses an appreciation of feminine beauty, proportion and naturalism that, through her muted energy and relaxed posture, rejects sensuality as decadent. The marble exudes confidence in the absence of drapery, apparently comfortable showcasing the classical beauty of the female form.

RELATED LITERATURE
E. Bénézit, Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, Paris, 1999, p. 231

19th & 20th Century Sculpture

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