Edoardo Villa (South African, 1915-2011) Torso III 40 x 18 x 26cm (15 3/4 x 7 1/16 x 10 1/4in) excluding base.

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Lot 35
Edoardo Villa
(South African, 1915-2011)
Torso III 40 x 18 x 26cm (15 3/4 x 7 1/16 x 10 1/4in) excluding base.

Sold for £ 5,625 (US$ 7,753) inc. premium
Edoardo Villa (South African, 1915-2011)
Torso III
inscribed, dated and numbered 'E.VILLA.1984.1/3' (along right side)
bronze, edition 1 of 3
40 x 18 x 26cm (15 3/4 x 7 1/16 x 10 1/4in) excluding base.

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    A private collection, UK.


    Edoardo Villa was born and raised in Bergamo, Italy. He studied at the Andrea Fortini Art School, before getting conscripted into the Italian Army at the outbreak of the Second World War. In 1940, Villa was wounded and captured at the battle of Sidi Barrani. He was subsequently taken to South Africa, where he was interned as a prisoner of war at the Zonderwater Camp near Pretoria. Villa remained in South Africa following his release in 1947, developing a reputation as one of the country's most accomplished abstract sculptors.

    Prior to his internment at the POW camp, Villa worked primarily with stone. He began to experiment with clay modelling whilst in prison. The smooth, flowing, organic forms were only cast in bronze after the artist was released.

    Bibliography
    C.de Klerk & G.de Kamper, Villa in Bronze, (Pretoria, 2012), pp.1-2.
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Edoardo Villa (South African, 1915-2011) Torso III 40 x 18 x 26cm (15 3/4 x 7 1/16 x 10 1/4in) excluding base.
Edoardo Villa (South African, 1915-2011) Torso III 40 x 18 x 26cm (15 3/4 x 7 1/16 x 10 1/4in) excluding base.
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