Jean Emile Podevin, Composition, marble sculpture, circa 1970



What I like

What I like in this sculpture by Podevin is first of all the mastery of volume and the understanding of the sculpted stone: the direct carving is extremely sensitive, the beauty of the details, in particular in the piece of bravery by the surface of the circle.

What I like even more is our freedom to let our imagination run wild: is it a peasant threshing wheat or rather a completely abstract volume? His drawings certainly have a figurative basis, but reworked through the filter of the creative process. And the site that the sculptor had before his death first mentions his abstract works.

To acquire this work is to bring in a creator endowed with real talent, completely consistent with the other artists of his time. There is purity, but also jubilation in keeping a vertical and horizontal rhythm, in a beautiful material.

Technical descriptionJean Emile PODEVIN (1925-2011)

Anthropomorphic composition

Sculpture in beige marble stone speckled with gray, glued to a Plexiglas base bearing a J. Podevin label.

Around 1970.

The glue formed bubbles in relief on the base. Scratches under the base.

Dimensions and weight

The sculpture :

Height: 39.5 cm – Width: 14.5 cm – Depth: 10 cm

Pedestal :

Height: 4 cm – Width: 20.2 cm – Depth: 12.3 cm

Weight: 4.6kg

Mix & Match

This sculpture is a refined object that one wants to take in hand to admire its polish, its angles and its curves, its color. Its size allows it to be placed on any console, any desk, any table: regardless of the period and the style of the decor in which you introduce it, this unique work imposes its own universe as soon as you look at it.

This is why I would happily place it on Julien de Covemaeker’s coffee table, the decor of the top of which, with abstract bronze patterns, will enhance the preciousness of this marble. But on the virginal white of the Orsay table by Gae Aulenti, its speckled beige will attract all eyes.

On the walls, the diptych by Charles Piquois, with enigmatic hieroglyphics, will share its mystery with this creation by Jean Podevin; but the contrast of more colorful tones used by Paul Shusaku Foujino in his gouache and collage “Vers la joie” will do wonders: everyone will benefit from this cohabitation.

I dream of lighting this sculpture with a sculptural lamp, which we also don’t know if it’s a bird or totally abstract, the Gibigiana by Achille Castiglioni, with clean black and white, leaving the star to the marble of our composition.

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To know more

The sculptor

Jean Emile Podevin is a sculptor and painter born in 1925 and died in 2011.

Friend of Jacques Prévert, Emmanuel Roblès and Roger Ikor, his works are present in numerous private collections. He received the price of the Salon de Boulogne in the 1960s. He was made Knight of the Legion of Honor and decorated with the Academic Palms.

In his work, he seeks to obtain a perfect harmony between space and volumes. His very personal and dynamic style gives a preponderant place to movement and light.

The Landoski space in Boulogne Billancourt presented in 2010 an exhibition of his drawings and paintings around themes such as women, bullfighting or Morocco, but with regard to his sculptures, Podevin indicated an important part of his creation as abstract. on his site which is unfortunately no longer accessible.

The editor

This is a unique work, carved by the artist.

A beautiful authentic sculpture at a fair price

This sculpture has been carefully selected for its aesthetic qualities, its originality and its fair price. Our choice favors above all the acuity of the creation, of which the signature of Jean Podevin is the guarantor, guarantee of a valorization of your new acquisition in your interior and of an ability to dialogue with your furniture, to agree and to mix together to create a unique decoration.

Buying vintage sculptures is surely a reasonable investment, so great is the appetite for the 1970s.

Finally, buying vintage sculptures preserves the resources of planet earth.

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Weight 4,6 kg
Dimensions 14,5 × 10 × 39,5 cm



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Dominique de Paillerets is passionate about objects and art. He likes to combine Design furniture from the 70s and the 18th century, in the spirit Combining refinement and the spirit of the seventies

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