A Zamoyski Bronze Goes Home to Poland

On 14 December 2020, by Sophie Reyssat

Success for an avant-garde bronze by Auguste Zamoyski, a sculpture emblematic of Formism.

August Zamoyski (1893-1970), Ich Dwoje (“Those Two”), 1919, bronze with a black patina, signed, posterior cast by Valsuani from a plaster created in 1919, h. 75 cm (approx. 29.5 in).
Result: €158,000

A rebel to conformism, the sculptor Auguste Zamoyski (1893-1970) quickly became interested in cubism and abstraction, which found a favorable echo in the artistic and intellectual circles of his native Poland as early as 1910. He was in search of pure form, and art took on a metaphysical dimension for him. When bidding on this bronze sculpture started at €40,0000, several French and international aspirants were in the game until the price reached €70,000. By then just two were left, both Polish, one of whom finally took it away for €158,000. This bronze cast is undoubtedly a one-off piece made on commission sometime between 1950 and 1970 from a now-low plaster: the first version of Ich Dwoje (Those Two), created in 1919. That year, Witkacy (1885-1939) theorized Formism in his essay New Forms in Painting and the Misunderstandings Arising Therefrom. Zamoyski, who shared his friend’s ideas, participated in creating this avant-garde movement and laid out his own ideas in a 1922 article published in the review Zwrotnica. He suggested a third way between naturalism and abstraction: breaking free of imitation and conventions so that the harmony of nature and that of pure form can become one.

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