VOLTI (1915-1989) 'Théa' Original terracotta, unedited in bronze
ANTONUICCI Voltigero, alias Antonuicci VOLTI (1915-1989)
Original terracotta. Unedited model in bronze.
H 19.5 cm x W 20 cm x D 20.5 cm
Provenance: Private collection, France.
Certificate of authenticity issued with the sculpture.
Biography of the sculptor:
Both a sculptor, draftsman and engraver, he follows in the footsteps of Rodin, Bourdelle and above all Maillol. In 1928, at the age of 12, Volti was admitted to the School of Decorative Arts in Nice. He enrolled at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 1931, in the studio of Jean Boucher. After World War II, he received his first public commissions and began producing monumental works around his favorite subject: women. He draws every day from live models. Volti incorporates a new, smooth, round and human form into his works. The element that also characterizes his sculpture is the "void": this space that classical and modern sculptors fill. Volti was thus able to respect the empty spaces in a crouching or bending body.
An essential sculptor of the second half of the 20th century, a first retrospective of his work was organized in 1957 in Paris. He also exhibits regularly at the Salon Comparaisons. Volti's sculptures appear in the squares of many cities (Paris, Angers, Orléans, Colombes). A museum-foundation is also dedicated to him in the citadel of Villefranche-sur-Mer where he lived. His work is represented in major public and private collections.