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Polo sculpture by Y. Benoist-Gironière, 1955
A fine bronze sculpture of a polo player about to strike a ball, his pony rearing, on a black bronze socle, signed in the bronze, French c. 1955.
Dimensions: Height overall 14 inches (36 cms).
Exhibited: ‘The Horse in bronze’, Maison laFitte, Paris 2001.
Additional Notes: Yvan Benoist-Gironière began drawing and sketching horses as a young child, guided by his father, Charles Benoist-Gironière, himself an equestrian artist of note and author of ‘l’Art de Cheval’ published in 1950. Yvan sculpted his first bronze in his teens and enjoys a lifelong reputation as artist, designer and sculptor. He is the author and illustrator of the major work ‘Almanach Hachette du Cavalier Yvan Benoist-Gironière’ published by Hachette in 1979, and in 2005, his book ‘Cheval mon beau souci’ was published containing 500 of his sketches and illustrations.