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Emmanuel Villanis

Emmanuel Villanis (1858-1914), born in Lille, France, was on of the foremost sculptors of the Art Nouveau era known for his ability to depict character and realism in his bronze busts. In 1861 he moved to Italy and later studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Albertina in Turin from 1871 to 1880.  He specialized in female bronze busts, many of which are based on musical subjects, such as opera heroines and composers as well famous characters from literature and mythology.  His subjects are found in two or three sizes and are made of bronze, pewter, or spelter.  The sculptor exhibited at the Salon des Artistes 11 times between 1886 and 1910.


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