Art Deco was the decorative style of the interwar years, characterised by lavishly decorated surfaces, stylised forms and lithe female figures. It was strikingly clean, pure and its modern simplicity suggested a cool, clear vision.
This sculpture reflects the work of Chiparus of the 1920s and captures the drama of the theatre and the exoticsm of the quintessential Art Deco woman.’
Girl on a Swing is uninhibited and happy, invoking memories of youth with endless summers and the freedom to dream. She embodies the power and vitality of early womanhood whilst still retaining the freedom and unselfconsciousness associated with childhood.
This voluptuous young woman balanced on a small swing which lightly touches the earth, is delightful and whimsical. Visual tension is created by the contrast between her hair, pulled down by force of gravity, and her upward intent of reaching to the skies.
The daring required of circus performers to firstly balance on a ball, and then further to perform a handstand are extraordinary.This sculpture invites the viewer to wonder at the physical qualities required to make this possible – remarkable balance, flexibility, suppleness and strength.
Jean’s trademark voluptuous woman with significant thighs takes this physical act to new extremes but the viewer is left awed by the strength and suppleness of this woman who makes such a difficult act appear so graceful and beautiful.
Mouth agape and hands expressing her surprise, the woman in this charming couple leaves one wondering. Is it the incredible feat that have just witnessed in the circus act or is it surprise at the hand clenching her generous bottom? The expression on the male’s face gives no clue regarding his true intentions. The viewer fully expects the couple to move closer together any moment….
Sculpted with confidence and fluidity, the colourful finishes and texture make this a particularly appealing bronze.
Unicyclist displays the balance and concentration required on a Unicycle.
Developing the theme of the cycle wheel, first seen in Girl on a Cycle, the cast wheel-without-spokes adds interest and a lightness to the sculpture. Her firm thighs rest lightly on the saddle, the well–developed woman sits in casual contrast creating tension with the circle of the wheel.
The fine detailing of the patina on the dress and the boots accentuates the sensuousness of the bronze thighs as Unicyclist floats around.
Lost in happy concentration during her routine, Girl in Transit is a compelling study of movement and strength.
The slender hoop supporting her ample midriff, this sculpture captures the challenge at the circus in making difficult things appear easy. Supple and fluid, Girl in Transit is a beautiful sculpture displaying the repetition, motion and power of the circus performer.
It takes courage and confidence to perform tricks on a rope and Jean’s figures exudes these attributes. With strong legs and delicate arms, this acrobat typifies the mystery and charm that is the circus.
The sense of speed and spinning is well conveyed through the backswept hair and outstretched arms. This sculpture seemingly challenges the laws of physics with a delicate, thin rope supporting a larger powerful object.