Art Nouveau marble bust of a lady by Pugi

By Pugi, Guglielmo (Italian, 1850-1915)

£8,500

This superb sculpted bust is a magnificent example of the Art Nouveau, the natural, flowing lines and forms of which revolutionised early 20th Century art.

 

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Description

Guglielmo Pugi was born in Fiesole, outside of Florence, in 1850. Pugi opened a highly successful studio in Florence, which he later operated with his two sons. The trio saw significant success with the advent of the Art Nouveau and were featured in the 1901 World Fair in the United States. The present sculpture is signed ‘Flli Pugi / Firenze’, for Fratelli G. and F. Pugi, Guglielmo’s two sons.

The bust, sculpted from white marble, is a superb example of the Art Nouveau style. The young woman, whose hair is tied up and face evinces a broad smile, wears a light dress which, when it meets the supporting plinth, dissolves into a diffusion of waves typical of the naturalistic Art Nouveau. The marble throughout is superbly sculpted—see, for instance, the rose she wears in her hair, wherein each petal is intricately rendered.

Details

Artist / Maker
By Pugi, Guglielmo (Italian, 1850-1915)
Country of Origin
Italian
Date of Manufacture
c. 1905
Period
Early 20th Century
Style
Art Nouveau, Figurative Art
Material
Marble
Colour
White

Dimensions

Height
57 cm / 22.4 inches
Width
41 cm / 16.1 inches
Depth
33 cm / 13 inches

Reference:
16555

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