Anatomy of a man, by Edouard Lanteri, 1901.
A fine rare original anatomy sculpture statue, by a leading artist from the turn of the century.
Anatomical sculptures are now highly sought after by collectors worldwide, and are very rare to find, as they were mainly made to master the skill of the art of anatomy.
Lantéri was born in Auxerre, France but later took British nationality. He studied art in the studios of François-Joseph Duret and Aimé Millet and at the school of fine arts under Jean-Baptiste Claude Eugène Guillaume and Pierre-Jules Cavelier. A period of poverty led him to becoming a cabinetmaker, but in 1872, at the age of 24, on the recommendation of fellow sculptor Jules Dalou, he moved to London to work as a studio assistant to Joseph Edgar Boehm. He stayed at the studio until 1890 and influenced Boehm's pupil Alfred Gilbert.
Lantéri's sculptures were mainly modelled in clay before being cast in bronze, though he would also work in marble. He produced portrait busts, statuettes and life size statues.
As of 1880 he taught at the South Kensington Arts Schools and in 1900 became the college's first Professor of Modelling (1900–10); in this role he was involved with the architectural and decorative sculpture for Sir Aston Webb's Victoria & Albert Museum, London.
He was a member of The society of medallist, and intimate friend of Rodin who called him 'My dear master, My dear friend'.
Sculptured arts restored the original for a leading university where it is on permanent display.
A fantastic piece of intelligent art for the discerning eye and interior.
88H x 38W cm,
Base size 25 x 25 cm.
(Picture, Portrait of Edouard Lanteri)