Skip to main content
  • Want more images or videos?
    Request additional images or videos from the seller
1 of 5



About the Item

Janus. Pair of bronze sculptures. Edition by Artcurial. Numbered 27/250 and 28/250. He was born Henri Étienne-Martin 4 February 1913 in Loriol, Drôme, France. He attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts de Lyon from 1929 to 1933, where he met Marcel Michaud. Martin moved to Paris in 1934, working at the studio of Charles Malfray at the Académie Ranson where he came into contact with such painters as Roger Bissière, Jean Le Moal, Jean Bertholle, Alfred Manessier, Zelman, Véra Pagava, and the sculptor François Stahly. With them, he became part of the group Témoignage, which had exhibitions in Paris in 1938 and 1939. He worked primarily in wood and plaster, creating works inspired by his childhood memories of his home in Loriol. Later sculpture included bronze, string, and textiles. During World War II Étienne Martin was a prisoner in Germany and was liberated in 1941. In 1942 he traveled to Oppède with Stahly et Zelman and then in 1943-1944 he went to Dieulefit, Drôme where he met the writer Henri-Pierre Roché. Next he moved to Mortagne-au-Perche, Normandy. On his return to Paris in 1947 he lived with Roché, and he met Brâncuși and Gurdjieff. Over the next dozen years he became spiritual, practicing Eastern religions including Taoism. In 1954 Martin began his series of Demeures (Dwellings) for which he became well known. He received in 1966 the grand prize for sculpture in the 33rd Venice Biennale. He was a professor and head of the sculpture department from 1968 to 1983 at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He was elected 1971 to the Académie des beaux-arts. In 1984 an exhibition bringing together all his Demeures was held at the Pompidou Center in Paris. In 2010, June to September, a new exhibition at the Pompidou Center, paid respect to the artist by showing fifteen sculptures, drawing, personal notebooks, and photographs of his studio. He died on March 21, 1995 in Paris from cardiac arrest.
  • Creator:
    MARTIN ETIENNE (1913 - 1995, French)
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 19.3 in (49 cm)Width: 3.94 in (10 cm)Depth: 3.94 in (10 cm)
  • Medium:
  • Movement & Style:
  • Period:
  • Condition:
  • Gallery Location:
    Paris, FR
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU129229621442

Shipping & Returns

  • Shipping
    Retrieving quote...
    Ships From: BRUSSELS, Belgium
  • Return Policy

    A return for this item may be initiated within 14 days of delivery.

1stDibs Buyer Protection Guaranteed
If your item arrives not as described, we’ll work with you and the seller to make it right. Learn More
About the Seller
Located in Paris, France
Vetted Seller
These experienced sellers undergo a comprehensive evaluation by our team of in-house experts.
Established in 2015
1stDibs seller since 2019
22 sales on 1stDibs
More From This SellerView All
People Also Browsed
  • Mid-Century Modern Bronze Bust by J.D. Murillo
    By Alberto Giacometti, Rene Brancusi, Amedeo Modigliani
    Located in Houston, TX
    Mid-Century Modern bronze bust by J.D. Murillo. Interesting Mid-Century Modern Brancusi inspired patinated bronze bust or head sculpture signed J.D. Murillo. Fabulous patina on this...

    20th Century Unknown Mid-Century Modern Busts



  • 1970s Modernist Pottery Art Abstract 3-Head Sculpture Terracotta Bronze Trio
    By Brancusi
    Located in National City, CA
    1970s Modernist pottery Art Abstract 3-head sculpture Terracotta bronze Trio Measures: 15.25 tall x 7.5 width x 6.25 depth Modernist Pottery Art Terracotta Sculpture. Trio Bust He...

    Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Busts


    Pottery, Terracotta

  • Noviembre IV Standing Sculpture Inspired in Brancusi in Solid Wood
    By Joel Escalona
    Located in Estado de Mexico CP, Estado de Mexico
    Noviembre IV standing sculpture inspired in Brancusi in Solid Wood by Joel Escalona The Noviembre collection is inspired by the creative values of Constantin Brancusi, a Romania...

    2010s Mexican Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures


    Hardwood, Wood, Oak

  • Marble Shades
    By Sophie Dries
    Located in PARIS, FR
    French designer Sophie Dries has been working together with the Belgian marble company Van Den Weghe on the idea of color shades on marble to create a true color gradient, "dégradé"....

    2010s French Side Tables


    Stone, Marble, Travertine

  • Pair of White Ceramic Dove Sculptures by Jacques Adnet
    By Jacques Adnet
    Located in New York, NY
    This stunning pair of Art Deco white ceramic dove sculptures were realized by Jacques Adnet- one of the most celebrated and influential designers of the Art Deco Era- in France circa...

    Vintage 1940s French Art Deco Animal Sculptures



You May Also Like
  • Antique Austrian Neoclassical Bronze Male Nude Sculpture Secessionist Circa 1910
    Located in Portland, OR
    Antique Neo-classical Austrian Bronze Male Figure by Ernst Beck (1879-1941), Circa 1910. The bronze depicting a nude male figure from antiquity, wearing a loin cloth and drinking fro...

    Early 20th Century Vienna Secession Figurative Sculptures


    Marble, Bronze

  • Torso of Anastasia, Bronze finish, 2022
    By George Petrides
    Located in New York, NY
    Torso of Anastasia 2021 Bronze, patina (each unique) This listing is for the bronze edition in the photos. 8 inch high x 8 inch diameter 20 cm high x 20 cm diameter

    21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Sculptures



  • Ajitto, Green/Brown finish, 2021
    By George Petrides
    Located in New York, NY
    Ajitto 2021 Edition of 9 (plus 1 AP marked 0/9) This listing is for the green/brown edition in the photos. Bronze, custom patinas 10 inch high x 8.5 inch diameter 26 cm high x 22 ...

    21st Century and Contemporary Expressionist Figurative Sculptures



  • Bronze Sculpture "Japanese Dancer I" by Bernhard Hoetger
    By Bernhard Hoetger
    Located in Berlin, DE
    Bronze with brown patina, 1923 by Bernhard Hoetger ( 1874-1949 ), Germany. Signed and numbered. Very good condition. Height: 5.98 in ( 15,2 cm ), Width: 3.54 in ( 9 cm ), Depth: 2.44...

    1920s Expressionist Figurative Sculptures



  • Ernst Barlach Bronze Skulpture "Der Raecher" ( The Avenger ), 1914
    By Ernst Barlach
    Located in Berlin, DE
    Bronze, brown patinated by Ernst Barlach ( 1870 - 1938 ) Inscribed and numbered on the plinth: E. Barlach 8/8. Stamped with the foundry mark: H.Noack.Berlin. Dimensions: Width: 23.23...

    Early 20th Century Expressionist Figurative Sculptures



  • Käthe Kollwitz Bronze Sculpture "Der Abschied" ( Leave )
    By Käthe Kollwitz
    Located in Berlin, DE
    Very emotional sculpture by Käthe Kollwitz ( 1867-1945 ), Germany. Conceived 1940/1941. Bronze dark patinated on granite rectangular base. One of a 50 pieces, cast 1975. Signed down...

    1940s Expressionist Figurative Sculptures


    Granite, Bronze

Recently Viewed

View More

The 1stDibs Promise

Learn More

Expertly Vetted Sellers

Confidence at Checkout

Price-Match Guarantee

Exceptional Support

Buyer Protection

Trusted Global Delivery