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Josef Lorenzl

Austrian, 1892-1950

Austrian-born Josef Lorenzl is a well-known name in the world of Art-Deco statuary. During the interwar years Josef Lorenzl was a popular and prolific sculptor. His style is highly distinctive, and figures are always depicted in animated pose.

His first pieces, dating from the early 1920s, usually depict naturalistic, fully clothed women in conventional poses. By the end of that decade, however, his style had evolved into an almost Mannerist version of Art Deco.
Almost all of Lorenzl's subjects are lithe female dancers depicted nude or dressed in scanty clothes. Their limbs and bodies are elongated and unnaturally slim, which emphasizes the elegance of their posture.
Together with statuettes, which vary in size from about 13 cm to over 75 cm, bookends, figural clocks, and automobile mascots are also recorded, although they are quite rare.

Josef Lorenzl