Hammer Price w/ BP
|Lot #: 120
Carl Wilhelm Emile Milles (1875-1955) Sunglitter/Solglitter (1918)
|Considered Sweden's foremost sculptor of the twentieth-century, Carl Milles produced some of the most popular and enduring bronze works of his era. His early pieces display the influence of Auguste Rodin, whom he worked for while in Paris from 1897-1904. Seeking an individual style, in 1917 he sought to free himself of previous influences, and destroyed all the works in his studio. A completely new style emerged, where elegance, motion, and gesture were paramount. Sunglitter, one of the first pieces Milles created in what would become his trademark style, would remain a personal favorite throughout his life. Milles is best known for his outdoor sculptural groups, many incorporating jets of water, which encapsulate an exuberant sense of movement with attenuated and spirited figures (American Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2001, p. 589). Sunglitter, cast in bronze and meant to be a fountain, represents a mermaid, or naiad (sea nymph), riding the back of a dol|
excellent condition, with greenish-brown patina
Sep 26, 2009
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