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Lot 407: Baltasar Lobo

Lot 407: Baltasar Lobo

Torse au Soleil

Patinated bronze
#4 of 8

Susse Fondeur, Paris

Incised signature "Lobo" with edition near base; incised foundry mark "Susse Fondeur Paris" near base; retains International Art Transport label inside sculpture

17.25" x 19.5" x 7" (49.25" x 18" x 10" with base, not illustrated)

Together with Lobo Galerie Nathan 1979 exhibition catalogue, signed and with drawing by the artist

Provenance: Baltasar Lobo Studio, Paris, France;
Private Collection, Los Angeles, Calfiornia (acquired directly from the above, c 1970s)

Literature: Muller, Joseph-Emile. Lobo, Catalogue Raisonné de L'ouevre Sculpte. Paris: Bibliotheque des Arts, 1985. #387.

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000
Inventory Id: 8445

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The Spanish sculptor Baltasar Lobo (1910-1993) found his voice in modern sculptural expressions of classical forms, namely the female figure. After briefly attending art school in Madrid, Lobo immigrated to Paris in 1939 following the Spanish Civil War. He worked as an assistant to the sculptor Henri Laurens and befriended fellow Spaniard Pablo Picasso. In 1945 he achieved his first major exhibition alongside Picasso, Matisse, and Utrillo at the Galerie Vendôme. His bronze, marble, and granite statues depicting mother and child and the female form received international acclaim, including numerous outdoor commissions in Spain, Austria, and Venezuela. Abstraction plays a significant role in his interpretations of the human form, likely influenced by equal parts classical tradition and his modern contemporaries. Many of his works are displayed publicly throughout Spain and reside in the permanent collections of European and Latin American museums including the Museo Baltasar Lobo in Zamora, Spain.

"Baltasar Lobo, Sculptor, 83." NYTimes.com. New York Times, 4 Sept. 1993. Web. 26 Aug. 2013.