XIX - XXth century sculptures

CHIPARUS Demeter H. (1886-1947)

Taught by A.Mercier and J.Boucher, he is the most famous sculptor of chryselephantine at the Art Deco period. He used to paint for his own pleasure and exhibited classical subjects at the Salon des Artistes Français. He found his style, inspiring himself from theatre and ballet, especially russian ballet and worked on bronze, using ivory for the parts where the human body showed in his works. His works in the 1920s were also influenced by an interest in Egypt, after the excavation of the Pharaohs' tombs. These interests resulted in sculptures like 'the Russian Dancers', depicting Nijinsky and Ida Rubinstein in their roles in Schéhérazade. He produced a lot of women and dancers, children and orientalist subjects but also animals.