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Demètre Chiparus, The Art Deco Sculptor

He was born in Romania in 1886, educated in Italy and took up residence in Paris in 1912. Chiparus attended school at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. In 1920s Demetre perfected the technique of combining bronze and ivory known as chryselephantine - his art flourished; he was considered by many to be one of the best sculptors of Art deco era.
However, due to the huge commercial success of his work, he exhibited only sporadically at the Salon des Artistes Français.

Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco SculptorLeopard Dancer. Sold for $213,808 at Christie's

Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor
Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor
Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor

Influenced by his keen interest in Russian Ballet dancers and in Egypt after the excavation of Pharaoh Tutankhamen’s tombhe produced his most notable artwork.
Chiparus popularity reached its peak in 1928; his works were produced in small editions where foundry owners avidly snapped up his work.
While his style remained in demand, Chiparus was a very wealthy man.
He and his long-time companion, Julienne, lived a lavish, exclusive lifestyle of elegance, tranquility and affluence. However, this extravagant lifestyle was short-lived. The onset of World War II changed everything.

Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor
Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor
Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor
Most of the founders in Paris were Jewish and thus were forced out of business. With no one able to produce his pieces, Demetre found himself in a serious financial position.
Chiparus continued to work, his eloquent and extraordinary sculptures of bears, a bison and other animals are the testament to the man’s great talent and versatility. These works were to be his last. Demetre Chiparus died after suffering stroke in 1947.
His artwork wasn't popular with the post-war generation. In 1970’s connoisseurs revived the interest for those outstanding examples of superb craftsmanship.

Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor
Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor
Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor

Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor



Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor
Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor

Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor
Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor
Shiva. Sold for $143,152 at Christies

Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor

Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor

Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor

Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco SculptorFriends Forever. Sold for $29,440 at Christies


Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor

Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor


Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor
Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor

Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor

Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor


Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor

Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor

Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor

Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor

Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor
Fan Dancer, $266,500 at Christies

Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor

Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor
Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor


Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor

Art of Demètre Chiparus Art Deco Sculptor

Source: allartdeco.com


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6 comments:

  1. These are magnificent photos of rather small works, but you have displayed the details beautifully. Why do you think out of all these works, only two include a male figure?

    thanks for the link
    Hels
    http://melbourneblogger.blogspot.com/2010/08/demetre-chiparus-jazzy-art-deco.html

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  2. Hi Hels! You always ask the most interesting questions.
    And, frankly, I never thought of it.
    Although, I think, it could be that in his mature period he was mostly inspired by the "dancers of the Russian Ballet, French theatre, and early motion pictures". Or, it might be that his female figures had been selling better?..
    A propos, I love your blog!

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  3. RacerGil:
    The third sculpture from the top has been in my family for about 30 years.
    Would you have an idea of its value today?

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  4. tengo una escultura , pero esta firmada D:H: chiparus pero escrita en letra imprenta ,son unos bailarines de tango ,o algo parecido , y es de 1.30 de alto y de largo no se , ya que tiene la falda de la bailarina extendida . este escultor ¿trabajo con esos tamaños de escultura ?

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  5. Lo siento, no puedo ayudarte, los bailarines fueron un tema muy popular en ese entonces entre otros artistas.

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