Monumental Art Deco Plaster Bust of Paul Signac, by J.J. Martel
Monumental Art Deco Plaster Bust of Paul Signac, by J.J. Martel
Monumental Art Deco Plaster Bust of Paul Signac, by J.J. Martel
Monumental Art Deco Plaster Bust of Paul Signac, by J.J. Martel

Monumental Art Deco Plaster Bust of Paul Signac, by J.J. Martel

1935 France

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Bust of Paul Signac (1863-1935), 1935. By Jan and Joël Martel (Nantes 1896 – 1966 Paris). Signed J.J. MARTEL on the side of the base and inscribed Paul Signac on the front. Patinated plaster. Dimensions: 60 by 28 by 39cm, 23 5/8 by 11 by 15 3/8 in.

This large and impressive bust by the Martel brothers represents their close friend Paul Signac, the renowned Neo-Impressionist painter. It was executed just prior to Signac’s death in 1935 and so provides a rare and contemporary portrait sculpture of the living artist.

Jan and Joël Martel were identical twin brothers who collaborated together as sculptors throughout their lives. The brothers worked in a range of media, including traditional materials such as plaster, bronze and stone, as well as new ones such as ceramic, aluminum and reinforced concrete. During the mid-1920s their work evolved from stylized realism to greater abstraction, although they never fully abandoned figural reference. They were also famous for their animal subjects, most notably birds, in terracotta and porcelain.
Paris, Exposition de l'A.E.A.R., 1935. Paris, Salon des Indépendants, 1935. Boulogne, Oeuvres de peintres et sculpteurs contemporains, 1936. Paris, Salon des Indépendants, 1936 and 1938. Saint-Jean-de-Monts and La Roche-sur-Yon, Rétrospective Joël et Jan Martel Sculpteurs, 1976-1977, n. 30.
Rétrospective Joël et Jan Martel Sculpteurs, exhibition catalogue, Saint Jean de Monts, 1976, p. 38, n. 30 (non ill.). Joël et Jan Martel Sculpteurs, 1896-1966, Paris, 1996, p. 141 for a view of Jan Martel in his studio with this bust.
Dimensions
Height 60.00 cm (23.62 inches)
Width 28.00 cm (11.02 inches)
Depth 39.00 cm (15.35 inches)
Stock Code
655
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