Art Deco Sculpture of "The Rower" by Alexandre Ouline c. 1930
SCULPTURE OF “THE ROWER” BY ALEXANDRE OULINE (FRENCH, FL. 1918-40)
Patinated white metal, retaining shield seal of “Les Maitres Bronziers Christean” on original slate base
Item # 607EFC30P
Known for his powerful sculptures of men battling the elements of nature, Alexandre Ouline captures the essence of the Art Deco movement in this example as the solitary figure stripped to a simple loincloth fights the swells of the ocean current to make his way home. Technology and advancement are abandoned, the Rower left to navigate with nothing more than a hand hewn paddle and a tumbled driftwood raft. With the odds of survival stacked against him, his face is set against the wind and determination drives him onward. The base is signed “Ouline” in his typical manner - this subject was executed in both bronze and white metal (spelter), the present example being cast in white metal with it’s original cold painted sea-green patina. The base is sealed by the firm that cast the work, a single shield of “Les Maitres Bronziers Christean” on the front right corner of the pure black slate base. A most striking example and highly relevant subject matter.
Literature: "Bronzes: Sculptors and Founders”, Harold Berman [five examples of Ouline’s work catalogued, the present example not included]
Measurements: 24” W x 20 1/2” H x 8 1/4” D
Wear/some loss to sea-green patina. Minor chips to slate base.