Lost-wax cast in patinated bronze; signed A. Pina"; foundry cachet "cire purdue A.PARIS / 36 Item # 009HHW18X. In a nearly black surface patina with hints of red-oxide and subtle browns, this moving modernist work by Alfredo Pina depicts a man in anguish.
Here at first is the Extreme Effort toward liberation, the mad hope of deliverance splendidly represented by this man who, kneeling on a rock, turns his head toward implacable heaven and wrings his arms. The model was cast by the A. Foundry in Paris in the lost-wax method, sealed with their cachet verso. His signature is captured in the bronze directly from the mold, not added or enhanced after the casting.It is a deeply moving work that positively glows in diffuse light. There is some confusion about whether Alfredo Pina was born in 1883 or 1887, depending on which text is referenced. Most texts agree he was born in Milan, Italy, he studied at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera in Milan. In 1906 he won the Gran Premio Nazionale for sculpture and continued to work and exhibit solely in Italy. Just before the First World War, he moved to Paris and set up a studio in Sceaux. There he was heavily influenced by the work of the modernists, most notably as a student of Auguste Rodin and Antoine Bourdelle. He exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français and became an Associate member in 1911.
He became a jury member of the Salon d'Automne, where he would continue to exhibit regularly. He presented two bronzes cast by the foundry Montagutelli at the Salon of 1914, one a statuette of. And the second a group of. Starting in 1920 he began to exhibit at the Salon des Artistes Indépendants and at the Salon des Tuileries.He also presented his work internationally, most notably in New York City. In 1922 he moved permanently to Mesves, France and became a naturalized French citizen. Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Vol. Bronzes of the Nineteenth Century: A Dictionary of Sculptors. Pierre Kjellberg, 1994, p 545-547 present model pictured p. The Dictionary of Western Sculptors in Bronze.
Measurements: 17 1/8" H x approx 8" D x 7 3/4 W. Condition Report: Very minor patina wear. Plaster casting residue in crevices. My name is Andrew Silla and my wife and I own and operate Silla, ltd in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. You can read more about our gallery by clicking here.
Finding these pieces is a hunt, a journey and we pursue each piece in the collection for a reason. Thank you for taking the time to look through our pieces and we look forward to working with you! _gsrx_vers_1233 GS 8.1.1 (1233). The item "The Extreme Effort French Antique Modernist Bronze Sculpture by Alfredo Pina" is in sale since Monday, October 12, 2020.This item is in the category "Art\Art Sculptures". The seller is "sillafineantiques" and is located in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped to United States, all countries in Europe, Canada, China, Japan, Brazil, Australia.