Guillaume Geefs Bronze Sculpture of Peter Paul Rubens, 1842
This is a gorgeous and very rare sculpture by renowned Belgian sculptor Guillaume Geefs. One of Geefs' most famous works is the sculpture of painter Peter Paul Rubens, which is located outside of the Notre Dame cathedral in Antwerp. This sculpture is signed "Gme Geefs / Bruxelles / 1842". Rubens' right arm is movable, and rotates so that his hand can be raised up near his face. This sculpture is in very good condition, with normal minor wear throughout. It has a gorgeous patina. This really is a spectacular original piece by an important artist, and its exquisite details shows the mastery of Geefs' skilled hand.
“The Neo-classic School… The six Geefs brothers were among the most noted sculptors of the classic school in Belgium, and of these the most gifted was the eldest, Guillaume Geefs (1805-1883). In his style something of the exuberance of the rococo remains to enlivened the academic calm. He produced a great number of tombs, pulpits, statues, busts, and groups; among them the statue of General Beliard, the tomb of Count Frederic de Merode in Ste. Gudule, and the statue of Leopold I, and the romantic and sentimental group of a nude woman and a lion, all in Brussels, may be mentioned.” -“A History of Sculpture” by Harold North Fowler