Monday, August 24, 2015

Les Deux Amies by Josef Lambeaux (1852-1908)

 This passionate and surprisingly graphic bronze of two women is by the Belgian sculptor Jozef Lambeaux.  Lambeaux was born in Antwerp and studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts there.  More influential on his style was his membership of a group of young artists called the 'Van Beers Clique'.  He exhibited his first work, War, in 1871.

He travelled to Paris and produced a number of sculptures there and then went on to Rome.  On his return he largely concentrated on sculptures that featured extreme animation in the figures.

His female figures have such an earthy sensuality that several of his sculptures were suppressed until well into the second half of the twentieth century. 

Stroking the head of her lover the girl underneath squirms in ecstasy at the attention of her friend's face on her groin.  There is nothing coy about this piece; it is genuine erotic art.