This elegant marble is imbued with the early Art Deco aesthetic. Born in Paris to Belgian parents, Lucienne-Antoinette Heuvelmans was among the most distinguished female sculptors of her day. Having studied under Laurent Marqueste, Emmanuel Hannaux and Denys Puech, Heuvelmans began exhibiting at the Salon des Artistes Décorateurs Français de Paris and was awarded an Honourable Mention in 1907. In 1911, she became the first woman to win the coveted Prix de Rome, granting her three years' study in the Eternal City. Heuvelmans went on to establish a successful career, receiving the Légion d'Honneur in 1926. Her specialism was in religious and mythological subjects.
The present, rare marble shows the two central figures from Heuvelmans' monumental stone group Les Illusions et le Regret (Illusions and Regret), which the sculptor executed for the city of Paris in 1925, for the occasion of the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes. The present model exists in several bronze versions.
V. Arwas, Art Deco Sculpture, London, 1992, p. 237