Posted 6 years ago
Beautiful and dramatic work of art. Very unusual and rare male nude from the Art Deco Period.
Below is the description of the bronze from Msr. Messeau:
"He struggles to get away from whatever is after him, in the midst of his escape he trips over a stone and his body lands flat on top of a huge stone. His body is out stretched and he wears a look of fear on his face. His body is almost parallel to the ground and looks as if he is swimming. His body is tense and you can see his muscles protruding through his skin. His hand is out stretched to help break his fall while his other arm has already crumpled under the pressure of his body weight against the rock. "
This sculpture has a lot of movement and great dimension to it. This sculpture was casted using the "Lost Wax Method" and has a brown patina. This sculpture is handmade, mounted on a marble base and is signed by Fix Masseau.
Pierre Félix Masseau (March 17, 1869 - 1937), known professionally as Fix-Masseau, was a noted French sculptor and father of poster artist Pierre Fix-Masseau.
Fix-Masseau was born in Lyons, studied at the école des Beaux-Arts in Paris, served as director of the école Nationale d'Art Décoratif in Limoges until 1935, and was made an officer of the Légion d'honneur. He formed part of the French decorative art movement, creating objects such as vases and chandeliers in the Art Nouveau style, exhibited numerous works at the Salon des Artistes Francais and the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, and was widely respected for his portrait busts.