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    Alicia Penalba (Argentine, 1913-1982)

    Printemps
    Mid 20th century
    Bronze free-form wall sculpture
    Illegible signature to the reverse
    19 inches high x 13 inches wide x 3.5 inches deep

    Alicia Penalba created a large body of work after starting her artistic career in her native Argentina. Born in Buenos Aires in 1918, she studied under Zadkine at the Academie de la Grande Chaumiere. Developing a unique style early on, she traveled between Paris and Italy creating a sensation with her work. She received a scholarship to the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1948 and won a gold medal for the being judged the best foreign student. She sculpted bronzes in an array of sizes from 20 feet in height to wall sculptures such as Printemps at 19 inches.

    With a dark brown patina, in Printemps Penalba created a work much like her pieces that are housed in museums around the world. She became widely exhibited in New York, Rome, Geneva and Caracas with sculpture like this moving, dynamic and unstable look becoming her signature effect in the medium. Since her death in 1982, the passion of collectors and museums for her work has skyrocketed.

    Provenance:
    Acquired from the sculptress in 1965.


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    Auction Dates
    October, 2007
    13th Saturday
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