A French Art Nouveau gilt bronze tray with sculpted femme fleur by Louis Chalon, titled "Pirouetting Femme-fleur." The female nude stands, with upraised arms, on a rose blossom. A vine climbs up her legs, and she wears a foliate wrap on her back. The tray rim is decorated with flowers. Pictured in: "Dynamic Beauty: Sculpture of Art Nouveau Paris", by Macklowe Gallery, The Studley Press, 2011, p. 107.
A French Art Nouveau gilt bronze bust of a woman by Louis Chalon, "The Sunflower at Dawn." The young woman wears her wavy hair loose, with a headband decorated with a feather and flower. Her right shoulder is ornamented with drapery and a floral-motif brooch. A large sunflower covers her bare breasts. A similar bust is pictured in: "Dynamic Beauty: Sculpture of Art Nouveau Paris", by Macklowe Gallery, The Studley Press, 2011, p. 111.
A French Art Nouveau "Fairy" or "La Fée" bronze sculpture by Louis Chalon. A nude female figure stands on an open flower with complex, textured roots. On her back are four "wings" in the shape of orchid leaves. An orchid petal rises from the back of her head. Signed in base of sculpture. The base of the sculpture is marble. A similar sculpture is pictured in: "Dynamic Beauty: Sculpture of Art Nouveau Paris," by Macklowe Gallery, The Studley Press, 2011, p. 106.
A French Art Nouveau gilt bronze figural sculpture by Louis Chalon. Chalon''s dancing woman with an octopus at her feet, one of its tendrils wrapped around her leg, is a pure expression of feminine sensuality. Her veils summon the Orient, imbuing her with exoticism. Her freeform dance movement and extended limbs enact her sexual ecstasy. The piece explores the turn-of-the century fascination with Japanese shunga, artwork that depicts sensual pleasures. Many showed women being engulfed by an octopus in varied and multiple ways. A similar sculpture is pictured in: "Dynamic Beauty: Sculpture of Art Nouveau Paris," by Macklowe Gallery, The Studley Press, 2011, p 101.
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