Milan 1883 - Mesves sur Loire 1966
Bust of oriental guy
Author or Workshop:Alfredo Pina
Characteristics:Paris, 1920 circa. Bronze with marble vase
Dimensions:Height 30 cm - Width 30 - Depth 15 cm
Signed:Signed ‘A. Pina’. Caster ‘MG Paris’
Provenance:Private collection, France
Orphaned at 12 years, having completed his studies in college, he attended the Brera Academy and in 1906 won the Grand National Prize for Sculpture. In the years before the First World War he moved to Paris, where he was influenced by the work of Rodin and Borduelle. In the French capital he be- came the favorite student of Rodin, with whom he worked for many years. After the war, thaks to the efforts of the caster Valsuani, he exhibited with success in Paris. Partecipate regularly in Salon des Artistes Francais, The Salon des Indipendants in 1920, The Salon d’Automne ad Salon du Tuileries. Also exhibiting at the Venice Biennale in 1920 Portrait, Beethoven, A seated womanand 1922 Conte Ugolino, Supreme strengh and 1928 Bust of a young guy.
The statue in question is a beautiful example of the production of Alfredo Pina. It depicts a young man with a turban. Its expression is typical of the faces of Pina with smiling face and his head slightly bowed. The author mould the outline of the faces so well and so strong. His skill in shaping the faces give to the bronze the breath of life and a strong expressive character. The young guy looks like ani- mated. The statue can be dated about 1920-25, a period when Pina achieved many successes in Paris and in the Italian exhibitions (Venice Biennale 1920).