George Minne



White marble
46.5 x 49 x 25 cm (18 ¹/₄ x 19 ¹/₄ x 9 ⁷/₈ inches)
Signed: G Minne

Signed: G Minne

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- 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).
- Van den Abeele, R. e.a., Valerius De Saedeleer (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, exh. cat. (Gent: Museum of Fine Arts, 1982), p. 246, no. 207 (ill. of another sculpture).
- Poulain, N. e.a., Groeten uit 1926 (Gent: VDK Spaarbank, 1991), p. 88, no. 53 (ill.).
- Boyens, P., Sint-Martens-Latem. Kunstenaarsdorp in Vlaanderen (Tielt: Lannoo, 1992), p. 569 (ill. of another sculpture).
The Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam (NL) has the same subject in their collection, executed in marble (inv. No. BEK 1295 (MK)).
Minne conceived this serene marble 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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