VERY NICE MODERNIST BRONZE "PRESUME PORTAIT DE LOUIS MARCOUSSIS" marked with the signature of Auguste ZAMOYSKI (1893-1970)
Bronze with black patina. Post mortem Cast.
H : 27 cm
Auguste Zamoyski, born on June 28, 1893 at Jabłoń in Poland and died on May 19, 1970 in Saint-Clar-de-Rivière, is a Polish sculptor who participated in the Formists' movement.
Born into a large family of the Polish nobility, Zamoyski studied law, economics and agronomy in Freiburg and then philosophy in Heidelberg. His interest in aesthetic theory never waned, as shown by the lecture on Art and Substance he gave in 1954 at the International Congress of Philosophy in Sao Paulo.
On his return to Poland, he settled in Zakopane, "the Chamonix of Poland", a meeting place for Polish artists and intellectuals of the time.
He took part in the creation of an expressionist artistic movement which in 1919 took the name Formism, which was "the most important aesthetic movement in independent Poland".
The essential characteristic of the movement, according to Léon Chwistek, often considered, alongside Witkiewicz, as the main theorist of Formism, was "the attempt to create a new style, based on the concepts of realism and beauty, which developed from the experience of the Cubists, Futurists and Expressionists".
Three periods in the development of Zamoyski's work can generally be distinguished:
- The Formist period (1917 - 1925), in Zakopane, Poland.
- A realistic period (1925 - 1950) (France, Brazil )
- a period of spiritual expressionism (from 1950); last years in Brazil, France, Poland, etc.)
In 2002, Hélène Zamoyska donated an important part of Auguste Zamoyski's work to Sylvanès Abbey, and the Zamoyski Museum opened its doors in 2009.
On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the sculptor's death (2020), an exhibition entitled Auguste Zamoyski. Thinking in Stone, as well as an edition of the sculptor's archives are organised in Poland (2017 - 2020) by the Adam Mickiewicz Museum of Literature in Warsaw in collaboration with the Auguste Zamoyski Museum in Sylvanès.
On 15 January 2019, the collection of Zamoyski's works preserved in Sylvanes since 2009 was acquired by the National Museum in Warsaw. It includes ninety-three pieces which are exhibited in this museum since May 17, 2019.