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"DERENNE", "BRIAND"; MARCEL BOURAINE (France, 1886 - 1948). "Fawns". Bronze sculpture on marble base. Signed. Measurements: 15 x 35 x 7 cm. Bouraine offers us a tender image starring two fawns playing with each other. It is a bronze that meticulously captures the real model, although the author pays special attention to the capture of the movement of the anatomy of the animals. Bouraine's art responds to the animalistic theme that occupied the works of many artists in the early twentieth century. It was a naturalistic trend in its representation, both in the expression of the animals and in the details of their anatomy, fur, etc. Marcel Bouraine trained with J.A.J. Falguiere, who had reintroduced and emphasized realism in nineteenth-century French sculpture. Captured in Germany during World War I and imprisoned in Switzerland, after the war he resumed his artistic activity, and held an exhibition in 1922 in Paris, at the Tuileries Salon. The following year he began his participation in the Salon d'Automne. He also exhibited frequently with the groups La Stele and L'Evolution. He made small format figures for several French firms, among them Le Verrier, Susse Freer and Arthur Goldscheider. Among his most important pieces are those made for the Paris International Exhibition of 1937. Occasionally he signed with the pseudonyms "Briand" and "Derenne". It is represented at the Art Institue of Chicago and the Corning Museum of Glass (New York), among others, as well as in various private collections.