Name Amon First

Etienne Beothy

L’Homme supérieur. Opus 032, 1928

Original in plaster
260 x 50 cm
Presented by Galerie Le Minotaure, Paris

Etienne Béothy was born in 1897 in Heves in Hungary. He died in 1961 in Paris.

The original plaster entitled The Superior Man, Opus 032, dated 1928, is one the first works of the Superior Man series. Its genesis is rooted in Béothy’s research concerning the Golden Section, in liaison with the group Abstraction-Création to which he belonged from 1931 until 1936.

The base - of spherical form - is an integral part of the sculpture. It comprises neither geometrical shapes nor angles. The form is closed upon itself, the legs and body forming only one mass. The arms are missing; only the shoulders emerge slightly from the otherwise smoothed and rounded composition. The proportions respond to the criteria of The Superior Man: an elongated silhouette with a small, unobtrusive and faceless head.

The series The Superior Man is the outcome of two years of research and constitutes an unequivocal progress towards abstraction.

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