Leda and the Swan

Marcel Bouraine
  • 3Leda & Swan 18.25 x 35 in. Unframed


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  • Limited edition of 100 giclee prints
  • Archival inks and archival paper
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Edition of 100.
Each print is numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity from Galerie Seru.

This print is of a photograph of Marcel Bourain's art deco Leda and the Swan that was originally taken circa 1925 Paris, France. It has a simplified realism and geometry that is a defining aspect of Art Deco style. The photograph captures the majesty and symmetry of the piece using light and shadow. The photographer is unknown.

Leda and the Swan is a Greek myth that has been depicted many times from Antiquity through the Renaissance. In it, Zeus takes the form of a swan and visits Leda, the queen of Sparta, together they give birth to Helen, whose abduction brings about the Trojan War.

The work depicted is either hidden in a private collection or has been destroyed during World War II. It is from our collection of original period portfolios documenting the European Art Deco and Modern applied arts movements of the 1920s and ‘30s that we produce this limited edition print.

Marcel Bouraine (1886-1948) was a significant French statuary artist. Mainly self-taught and working mostly in bronze, many of Bouraine's sculptures were of classical themes. Bouraine studied for a period under Jean-Alexndre-Joseph Falguiere. While a German prisoner during the 1914-1918 war, he produced several monuments in Switzerland. Bouraine used two pseudonyms, Derenne and Briand, mainly on metal pieces produced by his life long friend and foundry owner Max Le Verrier. Both Le Verrier and Bouraine were friends with Pierre Le Faguays and they all frequently worked together. They all studied together at the Beaux Arts in Geneva. In 1922, he exhibited at the Salon des Tuileries and most of the main Paris salons. He executed sculptures for many French firms, including Susse Freres, Etling, Max Le Verrier and Austria's Arthur Goldscheider. In 1928 Gabriell Argy-rousseau commissioned a number of figurines from Bouraine, mainly female nudes, but also a fountain and an illuminated group in coloured, translucent glass. He executed two major commissions for the 1937 Paris International Exhibition.