George Minne

(1866-1941)

Maternal ecstasy

1923
Plaster wit gum-patina
48 x 46 x 25 cm (18 ⁷/₈ x 19 ³/₄ inches)
Signed on base: G MINNE

Signed on base: G MINNE

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Literature
- Van Puyvelde, L., "L'Art Nouveau" in: Gand Artistique, no. 12, 1924, p. 275 (ill. of another sculpture).
- Van Puyvelde, L., George Minne (Bruxelles: Cahier de Belgique, 1930), p. 66, 82, no. 82, pl. 97 (ill. of another sculpture).
- Van den Abeele, R. & G. Chabot, Baron George Minne 1866-1966, exh. cat. (Sint-Martens-Latem: Latemse Kunstkring, 1966), pp. 20-21, ill. 7 (ill. of another sculpture).
- Van den Abeele, R. e.a., Valerius De Saedeleer, exh. cat. (Sint-Martens-Latem: Latemse Kunstkring, 1967), ill. 10 (ill. of another sculpture).
- Van den Abeele, R., Sint-Martens-Latem 1150 jaar oud (Sint-Martens-Latem: Gemeentelijke Kultuurraad, 1976), p. 26 (ill. of another sculpture).
- D'Haese, J., Latemse Kunst voor 1940 (Sint-Martens-Latem: Latemse Kunstkring/ Gemeentehuis Sint-Martens-Latem, 1989), p. 11 (ill. of another sculpture).
- Hoozee, R., M. Tahon-Vanroose & A. Alhadelf, George Minne en de kunst rond 1900 (Gent: MSK, 1982), p. 246, no. 207 (ill. of another sculpture).
- Boyens, P., Sint-Martens-Latem. Kunstenaarsdorp in Vlaanderen (Tielt/Sint-Martens-Latem: Lannoo/Art Book Company, 1992), p. 569 (ill. of another sculpture).
Exhibitions
The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam (NL) has the same subject in their collection, executed in marble (inv. No. BEK 1295 (MK)).
Description
Minne conceived this serene sculpture of a woman embracing her infant son in 1923. Swept up in a diagonal wave emerging from the marble block, the figure of the mother represents, according to Van Puyvelde, 'le bonheur suprême de la maternité' (op. cit., p. 66). L'Extase maternelle may be considered a particularly tender manifestation of the Belgian symbolist sculptor's obsession with human emotions and the interior life.
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