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Heroica

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HeroicaArtist - Boris Lovet-Lorski
Born - 1894
Died - 1973
Origin - Russia
Year Built - 1965

About the Artist:  Raised on his parents' Lithuanian estate, Boris Lovet-Lorski went to St. Petersburg, Russia, as a teen for artistic training. After brief study at the Imperial Academy of Art, he fled Russia in 1916 during the Bolshevik Revolution, traveling across Europe and arriving in the United States in 1920. In 1921, he was offered a position at the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, and two years later he had his first solo exhibition at the nearby Milwaukee Art Institute. He became a citizen in 1925. Lovet-Lorski left for Paris in 1926, exhibiting in the Salon d'Automne that same year. During his sojourn in Paris, he began carving portrait busts and quickly earned a reputation as a portraitist. Although Lovet-Lorski worked primarily in stone during his early career, severe arthritis in his arms forced him to concentrate on bronze casting from the 1950s until his death.

For most of his career, Lovet-Lorski worked in a stylized Art Deco style inspired by Classical Greek sculpture. Heroica, 1965, depicts an idealized female nude, a recurring subject for Lovet-Lorski. Despite the stylization of the contours, the artist preferred rough, expressive textures characteristic of chiseled stone. Heroica looks to both the contemporary direct carving movement, particularly the work of Jose de Creeft, and to the late work of Michelangelo.