"E. Villanis Bronze XIXth Art Nouveau "sapho" High: 73 Cm"Emmanuel VILLANIS (1858-1914) Important Art Nouveau sculpture late nineteenth century around 1900 in polychrome patina bronze signed by E. Villanis on the terrace and bearing the seal of the Society of the Bronzes of Paris, model * listed and titled "SAPHO" in golden letters on the facade. Full-length subject depicting the goddess of poetry, young and sensual, playing the lyre, dressed in a long drape in the antique she stands on a natural mound. Good condition, beautiful patina, dimensions: 73 cm high X 31 cm wide X 28 cm deep. * Bibliography: - Model listed on page 55 in E. Villanis by P. Launay, Edition Thélès 2004. Villanis studied under the direction of Odoardo tabacchi in 1871 at the Turin Academy then returned to Paris to work and began to exhibit at Salon de Paris from 1886. Inspired by the love of music and opera Villanis is inspired by certain elements of mythology and Orientalism to create works impressed in Art Nouveau representative of his time. ,. Bronze titled Sapho on the terrace, signed on the base E. Villanis and bearing the mark of founder of the Society of bronzes of Paris. Emmanuel VILLANIS was born in Lille, but began his artistic career in Italy, where he was mastered by Odoardo Tabacchi. He exhibited at the Salon of the Society of French Artists from 1886 and settled permanently in Paris. At the Universal Exhibition of 1889, he obtained an honorable mention for a plaster statue "La Sourcière", then an honorable mention at the Salon of 1892.