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Antoni (1852) Gaudí (1852 - 1926)

Lot 671: ANTONI GAUDÍ (1852-1926) AND JOSEP LLIMONA (1864-1934)

Christie's

November 12, 2007
New York, NY, US

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Description

ANTONI GAUDÍ (1852-1926) AND JOSEP LLIMONA (1864-1934)
Young Christ
carved and gilt wood, patinated plaster
26½ in. (67.2 cm.) high, 21½ in. (54.5 cm.) wide, 3½ in. (9 cm.) deep
Designed circa 1909 for the chapel in Casa Milà.

Artist or Maker

YOUNG CHRIST

Exhibited

Allan Stone Gallery, New York, Gaudi & Busquets , September - November 1996.

Provenance

Casa Milà, Barcelona
Collection of Kiki and Pedro Uhart, Paris
Acquired from the above by the present owner

Notes

cf. Fundació Caixa Catalunya, La Pedrera. Gaudí and his work , Barcelona, 1998 for information on Casa Milà.

R. Zerbst, Antoni Gaudí , Cologne, 1988, pp. 176-189 for information on Casa Milà.

I. de Solà-Morales, Gaudí , New York, 1984, u.p. for information on Casa Milà.

Another plaster relief by Llimona depicting Maria with the infant Jesus set in an identical frame designed by Gaudí is in the collection of the Casa Museo Gaudí in Barcelona.

This sensitively modeled low-relief profile portrait of a young Christ in its rich sculptural is the product of collaboration between the greatest architect of Catalonia and one of the region's most gifted sculptors.

Josep Llimona first trained as a sculptor in Barcelona in the studios of local artists. His evident talent secured him an award from the city - granted in honor of the Catalonian painter Mariá Fortuny -- to travel to Rome where he developed his skills and potential through the thoughtful study of the work of Classical and Renaissance masters. Llimona's mature work was characterized by an engaging quality of tenderness in the treatment of his subjects. Like Gaudí, he was a devotedly religious man and the two artists worked with shared purpose to create this devotional piece for the chapel of the Casa Milà. The sculptor has modeled a subtle and inspirational profile of the young Christ within a frame by Gaudí that develops his distinctive sculptural effects in the delineation of a stylized tree.

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