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Christian Maas is a contemporary
French sculptor working predominantly in cast bronze and aluminium. A
languages and history of art graduate, Maas began working exclusively as
a sculptor and founder in the late 1980s. He practices lost wax
casting, a technique he learned through experience gained in various
foundries prior to beginning an apprenticeship in 1988 and subsequently
setting up his own atelier.
His works are wide ranging from functional furniture to boldly modelled naturalistic life-size animalier sculptures and even a full scale model of a racing car as well as the model of a double bass commissioned by Talisman, with each work bearing his foundry
stamp. His early works include a series of tributes to Brancusi,
Zadkine, Moore and Archipenko which he executed before developing the
of much of his later work.
During recent years Maas has exhibited
throughout Europe, the Middle East and the USA as well as in his native
France. Some of his works have been acquired by museums in France and
the French authorities have commissioned various large-scale works for
public spaces and at the end of the 20th century he was commissioned to
produce work for the the Carrousel du Louvre, Paris. Maas’s work has been widely acclaimed, particularly in in own country where he has been and awarded 'Médaille d'or de l'Académie des Arts' and the 'Chevalier de l'Ordre International des Arts’.
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