“DOE IN STRIDE” BY ANDRE-VINCENT BECQUEREL (FRENCH, 1893-1981)
In patinated bronze, signed in base "A Becquerel", numbered "36", stamped "BRONZE"
Item # 806OZQ02L
An exceptional and rare figure by André-Vincent Becquerel modeling a doe in stride, it is sculpted with a textured skin that only hints at her ribs while remaining layered and loosely impressionistic. It is a very sensitive work where her entire body is tensed and fully alert as she pauses to observe a distant sound. It is this frozen motion of the doe that is so common to us and is fascinating as a viewer, her leg held in awkward pose as she interprets her surroundings before moving forward. The work is signed A. Becquerel, numbered 36 and cold stamped BRONZE in the naturalistic base.
André-Vincent Becquerel was born in the Oise district of France at St. Andre-Farivilliers in 1893. He studied under a prominent member of the Animalier school, Prosper Lecourtier, as well as Hector Lemaire and begain exhibiting at the Salon des Artistes Française in 1914 through 1922. The most well known in his body of work is “The Finish”, a sculpture of two racehorses crossing the finish line executed in the full Art Deco taste. While he produced a large selection of Art Deco figures of wedded couples, children at play and other interesting genre scenes, he is most known for his animal studies including large cats and birds.
- Animals in Bronze, Christopher Payne, 2002, p. 396 (biography)
- E. Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Gründ, 2006, Vol. I, p. 1463 (biography)
- Dictionary of Western Sculptors in Bronze, James Mackey, 1977, p. 38 (biography)
- Art Deco and other figures, Bryan Catley, 1989, p. 41-44 (depicting a series of his work, present sculpture not included)
Measurements: 21 1/4” W x 3 1/2” D x 11 3/8” H
Original patina in excellent condition; trace verdigris oxidization in crevices.