Description: BALTASAR LOBO (spanish, 1910-1993) "FEMME ASSISE MAIN CROISÉES GRANDE TAILLE" Signed and numbered 8/8 (there were also 4 artist''s proofs), incised with the foundry mark ''Susse Fondeur Paris'' on the base. Bronze with green patina. Conceived in 1983-1984. Executed in 1987. height: 52 3/4 in. (134cm) width: 34 1/2 in. (87.6cm) depth: 21 1/2 in. (54.6cm) provenance: The Artist, Paris, France. Galería Freites, Caracas, Venezuela. Private Collection, Pound Ridge, New York. literature: Lobo: Skulpturen, Zeichnungen. Galerie Nathan, Zurich, Switzerland, April 23 - July 13, 1985 (exhibition catalogue, another cast illustrated). Lobo. Galerie Daniel Malingue, Paris, France, May 27 - July 9, 1988 (exhibition catalogue no. 46, another cast illustrated). Baltasar Lobo: Exposicion. Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Caracas, Venezuela, November 1989 (exhibition catalogue, another cast illustrated). Baltasar Lobo Skulpturen. Galerie Nathan, Zurich, Switzerland, 1995-1996 (exhibition catalogue, another cast illustrated). Lobo 1910-1993: Esculturas y Dibujos. Iglesia de la Encarnacion, Zamora, Spain, December 1995 - January 1996 (exhibition catalogue, another cast illustrated). Baltasar Lobo: Esculturas Monumentales. Traveling exhibition: Valladolid, Madrid, Sevilla, Lisboa, Spain, 2007-2010 (exhibition catalogue, another cast illustrated p. 49). Baltasar Lobo: Conmemorando el centenario de su nacimiento. Galería Freites, Caracas, Venezuela, March 14 - May 30, 2010 (exhibition catalogue, another cast illustrated p. 54). Baltasar Lobo. Instituto Valenciano de Arte Moderno, Valencia, Spain, March 15 - May 1, 2011 (exhibition catalogue, another cast illustrated). Baltasar Lobo, 1910-1993. University of Zaragoza, España, May 18 - July 17, 2011 (exhibition catalogue, another cast illustrated). note: We are grateful to Galería Freites for their assistance in researching and compiling the bibliographic references for this work, which is to be included in the forthcoming Baltasar Lobo catalogue raisonné under reference no. 8408. A certificate of authenticity may be obtained from them by the successful bidder.
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Notes: Baltasar Lobo''s greatest legacy to modern sculpture is his lifelong dedication to and re-interpretation of a classic art-historical theme: the female form. Throughout his career, Lobo focused almost exclusively on the single figure of a woman as his subject, all the while exploring the varied nature of womanhood by experimenting with a range of gestures and poses. He sought to depict feminine sensuality through simplicity of form, eschewing a naturalistic imitation of the female figure in favor of an increasingly stylized yet dynamic treatment. Lobo continually experimented with this relationship between figuration and abstraction, for he believed that the true essence of femininity was achieved by a perfect balance between the two. In Lobo''s own words,''my present work is, as always, figurative; that is to say, abstract. Obligatorily it begins with figuration and becomes an abstraction which is simplified, synthesized''. Baltasar Lobo, as quoted in María Bolaños, Baltasar Lobo. 1910/1993. El silencio delescultor, (Leon: Junta de Castilla y Leon, 2000, p.151).
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