We picked up two prints at this year’s Capital Art Fair by Boris Lovet-Lorski (1894-1973). Lovet-Lorski is best known for his dramatic sculptures and lithographs. Always conscious of volume and structural space, his early architectural aptitude combined with the flattened aesthetic of the Art Deco period to produce his distinctive style.
Over the course of his career, Lovet-Lorski fashioned sculpture in a dizzying variety of materials, including marble, granite, slate, onyx, bronze, copper, pewter, wood, plaster, jade, and even lava. Ever mindful of the material used, his busts and figures always emerged with the clean, geometric lines and a fluid tactility. When arthritis hindered his capacity to sculpt, Lovet-Lorski focused his attention on drawing and printmaking, specifically lithography. In 1926, Braun & Co. published two portfolios of his lithographs.
Lovet-Lorski’s muse was the woman of the 20’s & 30’s, whether he captured her in polished bronze, black and white lithographs, or oil-paintings. He depicted the female form with strong, elongated and rounded limbs and narrow, boyish hips that flowered up to broad, angular shoulders. These powerful body silhouettes acted as a nod to the lustrous, modernized profiles of automobiles, airplanes, and new technology of the 20th century.