George Minne


Mother in ecstasy

46 x 45.5 x 24 cm
Signed: G Minne

Signed: G Minne

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- Boyens, P., Sint-Martens-Latem. Kunstenaarsdorp in Vlaanderen (Tielt/Sint-Martens-Latem: Lannoo/Art Book Company, 1992), p. 569 (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).
- Haesaerts, P., L'École de Laethem-St-Martin (Bruxelles: Édition Formes, 1945), pl. 14, no. 14 (ill. of another statue). 
- Hoozee, R., M. Tahon-Vanroose & A. Alhadelf, George Minne en de kunst rond 1900, exh. cat. (Gent: MSK, 1982), p. 246 (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).
- Van den Abeele, R. e.a., Valerius De Saedeleer (Sint-Martens-Latem: Latemse Kunstkring, 1967), afb. 10 (ill. of another sculpture).
- 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), no. 82, pl. 97 (ill. of another sculpture).
- 1927, Stockholm, Exposition d'Art Belge Moderne.

The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam (NL) has the same subject in their collection, executed in marble (inv. No. BEK 1295 (MK)).
- Galerie Georges Giroux, Brussels.
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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