Le Sphinx Mystérieux
Charles Van der Stappen, Le Sphinx Mystérieux, 1897. Ivory, bronze. Musée Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Bruxelles. "Van der Stappen worked on his ivory and metal sculptures as works of complete perfection. The bust here represented gathers all the characteristics of Belgian art of the fin-de-siècle and constitutes the origin of its Art Nouveau school. The sphinx is the image incarnated of literary symbolism, and ivory accentuates its mysterious aura." - Art Nouveau, Gabriele Fahr-Becker.

Le Sphinx Mystérieux

Charles Van der Stappen, Le Sphinx Mystérieux, 1897. Ivory, bronze.
Musée Royaux d'Art et d'Histoire, Bruxelles.

"Van der Stappen worked on his ivory and metal sculptures as works of complete perfection. The bust here represented gathers all the characteristics of Belgian art of the fin-de-siècle and constitutes the origin of its Art Nouveau school. The sphinx is the image incarnated of literary symbolism, and ivory accentuates its mysterious aura."

- Art Nouveau, Gabriele Fahr-Becker.
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