Work by Emmanuel Villanis (1858-1914)

An eye catching bust of a woman made by Emmanuel Villanis (1858-1914) is now for sale on Taaffeite Collectibles.

Emmanuel Villanis, born on the 12th of December in 1858 in Lille, France and died on the 28th of August in 1914 in Paris, France at the age of 55. Villanis was educated by Odoardo Tabacchi (Valganna, 19 December 1836 – Milan, 23 March 1905) at the Accademia Albertina in Turin.

Villanis is still known as one of the most productive sculptors of busts in the end of the 19th century. He lived and worked in Paris form 1885 and his female bronze busts, cast by the Society de Bronze de Paris, were exported all over the world. A lot of his busts of women were named with names such as: Mignon, Sapho, Saïda, Carmela, Javotte, Seule and several more.

Villanis’s style is a mixture between the Art nouveau and the Neoclassicism. The female form in his sculptures were often decorated with mythological creatures or floral additions.

‘La Bohemienne’ means literally ‘The Bohemian girl’. In this context, Bohemianism is the practice where Bohemians are known as to be wanderers, adventurers or vagabonds with an unconventional lifestyle. The word Bohemian was used to describe the non-traditional lifestyles of impoverished writers, artist, musicians, actors and journalists mainly in French in the mid-19th century.

Nowadays, bohemianism and the word bohemian itself has come to be commonly accepted as the description of a certain kind of gypsy, and the language he speaks, or what city he inhabits, is not important anymore. A Bohemian is simply an artist who separates from conventionality in life and in art.