(Albano Laziale 1915 – Paris 1989)
Femme Assise (1960s)
Signed and numbered Epreuve d’artiste 2/2 on the back
Bronze, H. 25.1 cm
Antoniucci Volti, officially Voltigero, was a French sculptor, draftsman and engraver of Italian origin. By 1932 the young artist had won a gold medal for two polychrome bas-reliefs before going to Paris, where he entered the studio of the prolific French sculptor Jean Boucher at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris at the age of only fifteen. After serving in the World War II, when he was interned as a prisoner of war in Bavaria, Volti returned in poor health to Paris, only to find his studio destroyed. From 1947 he showed work at various Paris Salons. It was at this time that his sculpture became more personal and he began to sign ‘Volti’. Although his past was completely erased, he considered himself self-taught. According to Volti, the female body – with the enchanting curves, lines and roundness – was the incarnation of beauty and therefore became his source of inspiration, which he aspired to magnify and glorify.
In 1957 the first retrospective of his work was organised at Musée Rodin in Paris. Works by Volti are displayed in leading museums such as Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris. Volti is widely considered one of the most important Late Modern sculptors to have worked figuratively in the twentieth century, thus ensuring the continuity of the humanist tradition.