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‘Medusa Moderne’ by Kéléty, 1925

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Alexander Kéléty (Hungarian, 1874-1940)

An exceptionally enigmatic Art Deco bust entitled ‘Medusa Moderne’, cast circa 1925. The female face – thought to be inspired by Marlene Dietrich – with delicate features in silvered bronze, is framed by tendrils of textured, dark-patinated hair, with areas of bronze highlights. The bust is mounted on its original, tall stepped marble base. Signed A KELETY in the bronze, with edition number 9.

Height: 16 inches (41 cm).

Born in Budapest, Kéléty was a disciple of fellow Hungarian artist and sculptor Imre Simay. Better known for his animalier sculptures, Kéléty’s most recognisable works featured both figures and creatures together, a comment on the coexistence of the human and animal worlds.

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