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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ARTHUR & SARA JO KOBACKER

Giacomo Manzù
TEBE CHE CADE (FALLING THEBES)
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ARTHUR & SARA JO KOBACKER

Giacomo Manzù
TEBE CHE CADE (FALLING THEBES)
JUMP TO LOT

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Giacomo Manzù
1908 - 1991
TEBE CHE CADE (FALLING THEBES)
Stamped Manzu
Bronze
Length: 63 1/2 in.
161.3 cm
Conceived and cast in 1985.
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The Fondazione Giacomo Manzù has kindly confirmed the authenticity of this work.

Provenance

Private Collection, Florida (acquired from the artist in 1987)
Acquired from the above in November 1999

Exhibited

Florence, Villa di Poggio Imperiale, Manzù, retrospettiva, 1986, n.n., illustrated in the catalogue
Milan, Palazzo Reale, Retrospettiva Giacomo Manzù, 1988-89, n.n.
Rome, Galleria L'Isola, Manzù, 1990-91, no. 7
Mexico City, Museo de Arte Moderno, Retrospettiva Manzù, 1991-92, no. 50
Monte Carlo, IV Biennale de Sculpture, 1993, no. 48

Literature

Cesare Brandi & Carlo Giulio Argan, Giacomo Manzù, Florence, 1986, pl. 54, illustrated p. 129
Paolo Portoghesi & Fiorella Minervino, Manzù, Milan, 1988, no. 147, illustrated p. 178
Carlo Pirovano, Scultura Italiana del Novecento, Milan, 1993, illustrated p. 294

Catalogue Note

The present work is from a group of sculptures of a figure seated on the artist's distinctive straw and wood chair. Tebe che cade is by far the most dynamic of these, exploring the graceful balancing act of the figure on the single rear leg of the chair.

Livia Velani writes on this subject: "For Manzù, an old straw-seated chair from Chiavari constitutes a symbol, almost trademark. His only possession from the family home at Bergamo, the chair appeared in his very first drawing in which the artist began to study the seated female figure. The Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Rome owns an embossed copper relief, from 1933, that was Manzù's first attempt to realize, in life-size, the figure of a seated young woman. At the Venice Biennale of 1948 the first bronze casting of the Girl on the Chair was shown along other works. He later perfected this in another version in 1949 and in 1955 in other versions. The subject in time evolved into the representation of his daughter Giulia as a child seated on a fantasy high chair, as in Giulia on the Chair, 1966, and during these last years with Tebe Seated, 1983, Tebe in Costume, 1985" (Livia Velani, Manzù, Milan, 1987, p. 56).

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