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    Posted 10 months ago

    racer4four
    (610 items)

    These seem a bit outside my usual realm but lately I have picked up a few metal sculptures because I like them. Best reason of course.
    These two figures date to the 1980s and were made by the French artist Yves Lohe.
    Lohe was born in northern France 1947 and although he originally pursued law and then teaching, in the early 70s he trained with the forged iron expert Abel Bataillard and became interested in sculpting as an art form. He began producing sculptures made in iron and by 1977 he had resigned as a teacher and was working full time as an artist.
    Around 1979 he began working in bronze and for the next decade would focus on humans in various activities; their hands, dancing, in general life. These sculptures are all individually made and seem very organic, and all seem to be mounted on bronze bases like these two, stamped with LOHE on the base.
    In the 1990s he started including glass in his sculptures, and he developed works that melded the visual strength of bronze with the light and colour of glass. His work moved away from just human subjects and he created a huge body of varied and beautiful work that became exceedingly desirable and collectible. I don't believe he is still creating sculpture but have not been able to confirm that.
    These two figures are from his early bronze years and I think they are quite demonstrative of his style at that time. Very attenuated figures quite roughly formed with only basic features and showing a quite French style.
    They are both around 32cm tall.

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    Comments

    1. Newfld Newfld, 10 months ago
      What a stunning bronze couple, beautifully formed - love their stylish hats, I could imagine them out for a stroll in Paris
    2. racer4four racer4four, 10 months ago
      So true Jenni, they are both very chic!
      Thanks mate :)
    3. racer4four racer4four, 10 months ago
      Thanks so much Ken!
    4. IronLace IronLace, 10 months ago
      I can see a definite Giacometti influence there!
    5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 months ago
      Well done you !!.!!.!!
      Love them !!!
    6. racer4four racer4four, 10 months ago
      There sure is a Giacometti influence Marin. I can't afford a Giacometti so these will suffice nicely. Thanks!~
    7. racer4four racer4four, 10 months ago
      Thanks Kevin, they are a bit nifty!
    8. truthordare truthordare, 10 months ago
      The lady is very elegant, reminds me of the French 1950s designer Christian Dior. My mother was a fan then.... :-)
      You won't believe I wore her hand me downs at the age of 13, a red wool Christian Dior coat (I hated it), I was already 5 foot 8 inches by the early 60s.
    9. racer4four racer4four, 10 months ago
      A smiley story Lisa. Typical of kids.
      Imagine how it would be to have it now!
    10. truthordare truthordare, 10 months ago
      AS a typical teenager would feel when everybody else were wearing mini coats over their short skirts and dresses.....lol.
      Yes, did not appreciate the quality at all, today I understand, still I wanted to fit in desperately, even if I towered over everybody. Ha Ha!
    11. racer4four racer4four, 10 months ago
      It takes maturity to not care when we don't fit a norm.
      Very hard until then.
    12. truthordare truthordare, 10 months ago
      Still working on that Karen, smart but still emotional, instead of being a lady of a certain age with poise and wisdom.... At least I know, lol. Best.
    13. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 10 months ago
      Very sleek looking couple!
    14. racer4four racer4four, 10 months ago
      They certainly have a French chic about them MrsT.
      Thanks!
    15. racer4four racer4four, 9 months ago
      Thanks for your informative response Renedijkstra, itis always great to get comments from knowledgeable people.
      I agree that Lohe's glass and bronze pieces are outstanding but my chances of finding an affordable one of those is about zero. In fact these are the first Lohe I have seen in Australia, however they were a chance find so I may yet find one of his later pieces.
      Again, thanks!
    16. racer4four racer4four, 9 months ago
      Play the game you learn the rules!

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