Born in Romania, Demetre Chiparus (1886-1947) studied in Italy and France before settling in Paris, where he perfected the chryselephantine technique of combining ivory with bronze. Produced as multiples, his works were greatly admired as small-scale decorative objects and today are among the most coveted objects form the Art Deco period, capturing the lively and sensuous spirit of the time.
This lavishly illustrated volume examine Chiparuss work as an embodiment of the Art Deco style. The author explores the various contemporary inspirations for the sculptors art, including haute couture, the music hall, Diaghilevs ballets, and the stage designs of Leon Bakst. Focusing on Chiparuss bronze and ivory pieces, he outlines their development from idea through finished piece, with illustrations of plasteline models that document the artists working methods. The book provides much previously unknown information about Chiparuss life; and this new edition also offers an appendix devoted to his newly rediscovered paintings.
Alberto Shayo was born in Buenos Aires and earned a degree in economics and politics from the University of Birmingham, England, before returning to Buenos Aires and training to be a medical doctor. A collector of art and antiques, he now lives in New York City, where he has had a gallery for eleven years.