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Giacomo Manzú
"Ragazza Ditesta II (Lying Girl II)" Monumental Aquatint Lithograph

1979

$12,000

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" Ragazza distesa II", translated to "Lying Girl II", by Giacomo Manzu is an Aquatint Lithograph that captures the grace and calm beauty found in many of Manzu's more famous sculptures for which he had world-wide commissions and global recognition. The scene appears to depict a model who has removed her outer clothing and hat placing them on a folding chair and relaxing into a pose for the artist. This is a lovely intimate scene and the knowledge that the artist is primarily a sculptor handling marble and clay with heavy tools adds to the peaceful clam beauty of his quiet depiction. This piece is numbered 22/28. Image: The work is 38.8 x 78.1 inches. He was a student at the Accademia Cicognini in Verona, Italy. Devoted to representing the human figure, Giacomo Manzù's emphasis on design and simplified form set his work apart from his more traditional contemporaries. He sought to create sculptures that were not simply representational, but also acted as symbols of universal meaning for all viewers. Manzù was the son of a shoemaker and at age thirteen, apprenticed as a craftsman. He learned to carve and worked with wood, stone, and plaster. Unexposed to contemporary art, Manzù was captivated by classical sculpture, the work of Michelangelo, and also Aristide Maillol's figures, which he discovered in books. After a short trip to Paris in 1929, Manzù moved to Milan and began creating his first sculptures--many of which he would ultimately destroy. In the 1930s, Manzù explored various materials from painted terra cotta and stucco to marble and bronze. He created three-dimensional figures as well as reliefs, focusing on genre scenes and figures from the Bible. By the end of the decade, Manzù had established several subjects to which he returned for many years. These included life-size nudes, scenes of the Crucifixion and Deposition, the Catholic cardinal, and the painter with his model. Manzù favored bronze, but he also made marble versions of some of his forms works. He gradually achieved recognition for his sculpture and accepted several teaching positions. In the United States, architect Minoru Yamasaki commissioned him the Passo di Danza (dance step) sculpture at the One Woodward Avenue building in Detroit. Manzu also carved the Nymph and Faun at Wayne State University's McGregor Memorial Sculpture Garden.

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