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"Men Clasping Hands," Unique Art Deco Sculpture of Nude Male Couple

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Beautiful and dignified, this remarkable and powerful sculpture depicts a nude male couple clasping hands, either in solidarity, collegiality or intimacy -- it is difficult to be certain. Given that the reverse of the sculpture shows one figure embracing the other, subtly, the observer is led to believe that this pair of figures was romantically connected. The sculptor was Léon Sarteel, one of Belgium's leading sculptors in the Art Deco period, and an important artist in the Ghent region in the 1930s. He is known for a series of monuments and sculptures depicting stylized figures, mostly female, so this sculpture is highly unusual in his oeuvre.

Details

  • Creator
    Léon Sarteel (Sculptor)
  • Of the Period
  • Place of Origin
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1930s
  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Good
  • Condition Details
    The plaster is almost entirely intact, though its painted surface shows many abrasions and scuffs, and there is some chipping at the reverse of the base. The paint has darkened into a beautiful off-white hue that approximates limestone.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses.
  • Dimensions
    H 23.5 in. x Dm 10 in.H 59.69 cm x Dm 25.4 cm
  • Diameter
    10 in. (25.4 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Reference Number
    LU865115283771
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