61cm Bronze Sculpture “Descending Night ” after A.A. Weinman, original 1914.
This large and very heavy bronze naked female angel is after a sculpture by Adolph Alexander Weinman (1870 Germany-1952 New York). A pre-1917 edition of this statue is in the Metropolitan Museum, New York (whose rooftop garden gives spectacular views over central Park, and where a good prosecco can be had.). Weinman emigrated to the United States in 1885, aged 14, studied art and sculpture, and opened his own studio in 1904. An accomplished and prominent American sculptor Weinman was the author of much of the sculpture on the fabulous old Penn Station, New York, wickedly demolished in 1963.
Our impressive 61 cm tall bronze is on a 26 cm diameter black marble socle. As the Met says about their edition:"The impending arrival of night is personified by a nude in a sinuous pose, holding her hair away from her face to reveal a downcast countenance. “Descending Night” is the pendant to “Rising Day,” a winged male figure in an upward-soaring pose. Monumental versions of the works adorned outdoor fountains at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, held in San Francisco in 1915."
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