Lot 69
  • 69

Jacques Hérold

15,000 - 20,000 GBP
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  • Jacques Hérold
  • La femmoiselle
  • entitled: FEMMOISELLE, signed and dated: J. Hérold / 1945, numbered: V/VI, and inscribed: Susse fondeur Paris
  • bronze, golden brown patina


Private collection, Paris


Paris, Galerie de Seine, Collection Fantôme, 1973


Philippe Soupault, Collection Fantôme, exh. cat. Galerie de Seine, Paris, 1973, pp. 25, illustrated; p. 109

Catalogue Note

This engaging surrealist model by the Romanian born sculptor Jacques Hérold was conceived in 1942. The present bronze was cast by the Susse Foundry in Paris; it is numbered five of an edition of six and is dated 1945. Hérold moved to Paris in 1930 and swiftly associated himself with fellow Romanian artists Constantin Brâncuși and Victor Brauner. His interests aligned particularly with the Surrealists from 1934, and he was involved in the Exposition Internationale du Surréalisme in Paris in 1947, where he exhibited his Le Grand transparent, of which a cast was included alongside the present bronze in the 1973 exhibition Collection Fantôme at the Galerie de Seine. Femmoiselle depicts a young woman with flayed face revealing a complex web of veins from which recognisable facial features emerge but are simultaneously compartmentalised. The whole balances on the figure's breasts thereby recalling traditional bust forms but somehow enhancing the sense of disconnection from the wider human body.
A later cast of the present model (1985) was sold at Sotheby's New York on 6 November 2003.