Miguel Oslé Sáenz de Medrano (Spanish, 1879-1960): A monumental patinated bronze figure of 'The Prisoner' dated 1935

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Lot 637TP
Miguel Oslé Sáenz de Medrano (Spanish, 1879-1960): A monumental patinated bronze figure of 'The Prisoner'
dated 1935

£ 15,000 - 20,000
US$ 20,000 - 26,000
Amended
Miguel Oslé Sáenz de Medrano (Spanish, 1879-1960): A monumental patinated bronze figure of 'The Prisoner'
dated 1935
the shackled semi-nude male clad in a loin cloth, his left arm behind his head, on square plinth base, the base signed and dated MYL OSLE MXMXXXV, 200m high overall

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  • Provenance:

    By repute formerly part of Miguel Osle's monument commemorating the loss of sixty three members of Barcelona Football Club during the Spanish Civil War between the July 1936 and the April 1939. Although a monument that was possibly planed prior to the war (as the work is dated 1935), it was erected outside the front of the old stadium, 'Les Corts' (opened in 1922 and closed in 1957) but was removed when the building was demolished to make way for its replacement 'Camp Nou'. The monument incorporated two larger than life male nudes, a helmeted soldier and the present figure, a chained prisoner. Many of the players and supporters that the monument came to commemorate fell during the bloody conflict between the Republicans or Loyalists (as Catalonia was a strongly Republican area) and Franco' Nationalists.

    Affectionately known as Barca and a Catalan institution, FC Barcelona was founded in 1899 and the club motto 'Mes que un club (More than a club)' reflects the pride of Barcelona's citizens. The sculptor Miguel Oslé Sáenz de Medrano was himself a club member which is presumably why he felt so strongly to work on the monument, although he may have utilised a work that had been previously planned in the preceding years before the conflict. Miguel collaborated on a number of monuments with his brother Llucià in Barcelona and another Civil War memorial by Llucià is situated in the Parc de Montjuïc.

    Sothebys London, November 16, 2006 - lot 161.

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  • Please note that the lot has been cleaned and waxed by a professional restorer after the printed catalogue was produced. Images of the cleaned and waxed figure can be viewed online at www.bonhams.com. Additionally, dimensions should read 200cm.
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