Josef Lorenzl - A Large Art Deco Austrian bronze figure
entitled "Diana", circa 1930 depicting the stylised Goddess
running with her hounds, with a patinated and silver lacquered
cold-painted finish, mounted on a portoro marble base.
In Roman mythology Diana was the Goddess of the hunt, nature and
the moon and was able to control wild animals. In Art Deco
sculpture she is usually shown with deer or dogs (mainly Borzoi,
as seen here)
This is a beautiful Lorenzl bronze figure, full of movement and
style and photographs really cannot do it justice.
Josef Lorenzl (1892 Vienna - 1950 Vienna), an
Austrian sculptor and ceramicist of the Art Déco period. A prolific
and talented sculptor working in the early part of the 20th Century
Josef Lorenzl (original spelling Laurenzl) started his career working
at a foundry in the Vienna Arsenal (a military storage complex located
in the south-eastern part of Vienna) where he learned the techniques
of bronze casting. Here Lorenzl produced many bronze and chryselephantine
(a Greek word for precious metals and bronze combined with ivory)
sculptures and also works in spelter. Entranced by the female form, he
became well known for his slim dancers with their long legs and
exuberant movement. Many of these are "scarf dancers" and the name
"Crejo”(a painter and a friend) also appears on some bronze figures
when Crejo has painted floral decoration on to the cold-painted bronze
finish of the clothing.
Due to the success of his bronze figures, Lorenzl was approached by
the firm of Goldscheider
and subsequently designed pottery figures for them, working from a
studio on the company grounds (he also brought Stefan
Dakon into the company). As with his chryselephantine pieces,
his ceramic works were in great demand and became the embodiment of
the Art Deco period. Famous among these is "The Butterfly Girl"
modeled after the famous dancer Niddy
Impekoven who worked in the 1920s. Many other works were
inspired by photographic models and cabaret and film stars of the
1920s and 30s. Josef Lorenzl also worked for other Viennese firms
which included Hertwig and Keramos.