Marcel Bouraine Art Deco bronze Figure of Athena


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Art Deco bronze Figure of Athena – Marcel Bouraine



Athena – A superb Art deco bronze figure of a naked female warrior standing on one leg and holding a shield or Aegis showing the head of the Rondanini Medusa. She holds a small sword in her hand. This stunning cold painted bronze figure stands on a marble base which is signed Bouraine. The figure is also stamped Bronze. Superb quality and an excellent cast. A rare and stunning Art Deco figure by one of the master sculptors of the Art Deco period. A similar figure is shown p 60 Statuettes of the Art Deco period by Alberto Shayo


Marcel – Andre Bouraine (1886-1948) Born in Pontoise, France, he was self-taught and also studied under Falguire in Paris. He was taken prisoner by the Germans during the 1914-1918 war and was interned in Switzerland where he produced several monuments. He also exhibited at all the main Paris salons including the Salon des Artistes Francaises and was a member of the Evolutions Group After the war he worked until 1935. Bouraine also produced designs for glass statues which were produced by Argy-Rousseau during the 1930. Best known for his chryselephantine figures he also made full bronzes and figural groups, many with a classical theme – like Diana the Huntress or his famous Amazonian Diana with shield and spear. Bouraine used a pseudonym which was Derenne and he may also have used Briand (Brian), as there is a definite connection between the two as can be seen in the hoop dancer by both artists, which appears to be identical. Marcel Bouraine was a lifelong friend of Max Le Verrier and Pierre Le Faguays who all studied together at the Beaux Arts in Geneva. Later the Le Verrier foundry was to produce many of the Bouraine statues for him. His works are included in many major Museum and private collections throughout the world.

Athena was the Greek Goddess of Wisdom and War. Medusa was once a beautiful, priestess of Athena who was cursed for breaking her vow of celibacy. When Medusa had an affair with the sea god Poseidon, Athena punished her. She turned Medusa into a hideous hag, making her hair into writhing snakes and her skin was turned a greenish hue. Athena often helped heroes, like Jason and Perseus. She carried an aegis – a goatskin shield which had a fringe of snakes. When Perseus killed the gorgon Medusa, whose face turned men to stone, he gave the gorgon head to Athena, and the goddess placed it on her aegis.

For more information on Bouraine please see the Artist page.

Date French c 1920

Condition Excellent original condition. Expected light wear to the patina

Dimensions Approximate height including the marble base 53 cm

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