|Description:||A marble sculpture carved by the artist Henry Burstynowicz titled "Europa".
Appears to be a beautiful rendition of the sculpture in imitation of the classical Greco-Roman pieces.
Excellent condition with a small flawat the edge on the portion near the base.
|Condition:||A slight scar where the sculpture sits on the granite base. Not visible unless the sculpture is lifted from the base.|
|Origin:||I purchased this sculpture from a gallery in Pittsburgh, PA. The stone was carved in Greece by the artist. It is the artist rendition of the Greek Goddess Europa after her rape by Zeus, the mightiest of the Greek Gods.|
|Provenance:||I was the first owner and I purchased it in a gallery in Pittsburgh, PA around 1978.|
|Appraised By:||Rachael Goldman|
|History Of The Item:||There were a number of resources used to make the evaluation about the artist. Bursztynowicz was a local Pennsylvania sculptor around the height of the abstract expressionist movement and the pop art movement. There is very little publication information about the artist, with little documentation other than a few of his other works which resemble the works of Henry Moore in style. He was married in 1963 to a fashion model Louise Evans Scott.|
|Appraiser Tips:||The piece appears to be in pristine, if not perfect condition. The small noted nick at the bottom of the sculpture can be polished by a professional restorative artist, but the value may be compromised. Otherwise besure to keep the piece out of the direct path of sunlight. It is a good idea to keep this piece on its base against a wall.|
|Research Sources:||The piece has been researched and compared to other works of similar types.
Modern Sculpture: A Concise History- by Herbert Read
Sculpture Since 1945 (Oxford History of Art) -- by Andrew Causey
Passages in Modern Sculptures -- by Rosalind Krauss
In general this piece is a beautiful example of sculptor produced by a lesser known contemporary of Henry Moore and the abstract expressionists in America. He has a somewhat interesting past and should be appreciated for this fact.
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