Maurice Bouval

1863-1920

Maurice Bouval was born in Toulouse, France and was a student of the grand-master Alexandre Falguière who produced the Triumph of the Republic for the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

Bouval was a prolific sculptor of functional bronzes such as table lamps, sconces, inkwells, candlesticks, salt cellars, covered boxes, and some non-functional decorative pieces. From 1880 until the beginning of the First World War he was very successful in his sculpting, often gilding smaller bronze objects and usually incorporating the female form. His bust of La Nuit: Femme aux Pavots (Night: Woman with Poppies) is one of the more famous and successful Art Nouveau Bronzes with Symbolist content. Other famous works include Ophelia, Femme assise, Jeune femme, Le Sommeil, and Le Secret et la Pensive. Bouval's bronzes combined, sensuous nymphs, water lilies, lotuses, and poppies with, a sometimes strong suggestion of symbolism and the supernatural. He was a champion of the Art Nouveau woman-flower hybrid and many of his works bear the stamp of the petit-maître.


He participated in the 1890 Exposition Universelle in Paris and exhibited with the Societé des Artistes Français regularly, first as a sculptor, then in the decorative arts section. He also showed with La Maison Goldscheider. At least three different founders cast his bronzes- Colin, Jollet, and Thiebaut frères. Bouval also designed a wide range of light fixtures including wall brackets, candelabra, candlesticks, and table lamps. His art was very well-known in his day, though less so today. After World War I the whereabouts of Bouval were unknown.


Related items:

 
French Art Nouveau Bronze Candelabras by Bouval
Bouval — B-17823

 

News

12/5/2018
Forbes - Holiday Gift Guide 2018: The Best Pearl Jewels

Forbes - Holiday Gift Guide 2018: The Best Pearl Jewels Neha Dani Orabella Ring $16,000 The Indian jewelry designer known for her elaborate, sculptured one-of-a-kind pieces has taken up residence at Macklowe  More>>

12/5/2018
Neha Dani Coverage - Elite Traveler

Neha Dani Jewelry covered in Elite Magazine Click tio see the entire magazine More>>

Events

Join our Newsletter

     
©2018 Macklowe Gallery. All Rights Reserved.
Visit us at:  445 Park Avenue New York, New York 10022 — 212-644-6400