Unique terracotta print Signed (on the back) "MALFRAY
17 x 47 x 18 cm
Cybèle, personification of the nourishing power of nature, presents the whole of Malfray's plastic research. A testamentary work of rich sensuality, the lascivious elongated figure is part of a group of horizontal sculptures created between 1936 and 1940. Imbued with archaism by its powerful and compact forms, it attests to the sculptor's admiration for the great masters. The terracotta was presented at the Salon d'Automne in 1941 and at the Galerie Guérin in 1948. The founder Alexis Rudier made bronze proofs of this model from the original plaster.
Françoise Galle, Catalogue raisonné des sculptures de Charles Malfray, DESS thesis, University of Paris I, under the direction of Robert Julien, 1971, n°147.
- Jacques de Laprade, Malfray, Paris, Fernand Mourlot, 1944.
- Charles Malfray 1887-1940 sculptor, cat. exp., Paris, galerie Malaquais (5 April-30 June 2007).