Maurice Boval (French, 1863–1916)
Art Noveau Bronze of a Young Beauty
Signed, 14.25" high, 11" wide, 7"deep
Maurice Bouval was a French sculptor of the Art Nouveau period who was born in Toulouse, France in 1863. From 1880 to the first World War, he created a large number of bronze statues or objects including chandeliers, candelabras or table lamps. His main works are Ophelia, Femme assise, Jeune femme, Le Sommeil, Femme aux pavots, Le Secret et la Pensiveand and the statue that crowns the tower of the Casa de la Cultura, (Buenos Aires). He was not a prolific sculptor. He participated in the 1890 Exposition Universelle in Paris and was a member of the Société des Artistes Français and exhibited at the Salon from 1891 to 1914. He was a pupil of Alexandre Falguière who sculpted the Triumph of the Republic for the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. At least three different founders cast his bronzes- Colin, Jollet, and Thiebaut frères. His work is highly regarded and well listed in most major discussions of sculptors of the Art Nouveau period.
His works, as is this one, are usually signed M. Bouval.