1910 - 1993
Face au vent, 1977
Signed and numbered 'Lobo 6/8'
Cast at the Fonderie Thinot, Paris in an edition of 8 plus 4 artist's proofs
5 7/8 x 2 1/8 x 1 3/8 in, 14.9 x 5.4 x 3.5 cm
This voluptuous bronze by Baltasar Lobo is characteristic of the Spanish sculptor's sensual representation of the female body, which dominated his artistic practice throughout his career. Having escaped Franco’s Fascist...
This voluptuous bronze by Baltasar Lobo is characteristic of the Spanish sculptor's sensual representation of the female body, which dominated his artistic practice throughout his career. Having escaped Franco’s Fascist regime for Paris in 1939, Lobo quickly found himself immersed in the vibrant avant-garde community of Montparnasse, where he forged close friendships with Picasso, Lipchitz and Henri Laurens. Lobo created a particularly strong connection to Laurens, for whom he worked as an assistant.
During this later period of his career, Lobo’s female sculptures began to embody an increasingly abstract language of organic forms and movement, inspired by pivotal Modernist sculptors such as Jean Arp, Constant Brancusi and Joan Miró. Teetering on the edge of abstraction, Lobo also maintained a connection to the balance, form and femininity of the natural figure that was at the foundation of his oeuvre. Lobo explained, “My current work is, as always, figurative; which is to say that it is abstract. It necessarily begins with figuration. Simplified and synthesized, it becomes abstraction. By simplifying this reality I distil its emotion, coming to feel and communicate it more directly.”
The undulating sculpture ‘Face au vent’, meaning ‘facing the wind’, captures this turn towards abstraction. By highlighting the evocative curves of flesh radiating out from a central column, Lobo creates the sense of an elemental vitality and energy like the wind contorting the body. These twists and turns of the figure are inspired by the primitive art forms of early Iberian sculpture that Picasso and Laurens were similarly exploring at this moment. This particular example was first acquired by his friends, the French scientists and collectors Roger and Bella Belbéoch and has since remained within the private collection of the family.
Despite the political turmoil which defined his early career, Lobo’s deeply poetic sculptures earned him international recognition and critical acclaim. During this late period Lobo’s work was finally exhibited in his home town in Zamora before a permanent museum was also established. In 1984 he was awarded the Spanish National Prize for Sculpture. Lobo’s sculptures can be found in major international collections including the Centro d'Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris; Tokyo National Museum; Museum of Modern Art, Luxembourg; National Gallery, Prague; State Gallery, Stuttgart and Fine Arts Museum, Bilbao.
Roger and Bella Belbéoch, Paris (thence by descent)
Zurich, Galerie Nathan, Baltasar Lobo, Marmor Bronzen Zeichnungen,
30 October 1979 - 29 January 1980, no. 34 (another cast exhibited)
This work will be included in the forthcoming Catalogue raisonné of sculptures by Baltasar Lobo currently being prepared by Galería Freites under archive no.7704 and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Alejandro Freites and dated 18 April 2018. A copy of this certificate of authenticity is recorded in the files of Galería Freites under no.18.140
J.-E. Muller & V.
Bollmann-Müller, Lobo, Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre sculpté, La
Bibliothèque des Arts, Paris, 1985, illus. no.440