Carved Bust of a African Woman by Ferdinand Parpan

Rare carved ebony sculpture of an African boy by Ferdinand Parpan. Signed: "F Parpan 49". France c.1949 Ferdinand Parpan was a sculptor of religious subjects, groups, figures, and animals. While a young child, he learned to sculpt from his father, a professional artist. Parpan planned to study at the École des Beaux-Arts, but due to World War I he worked for six years as an apprentice to an engraver. During this time he also learned to paint. In 1926 he opened his own studio, but it was years before he exhibited his works publicly. Beginning in 1936 Parpan exhibited solo shows in Paris and smaller French towns. Beginning in the 1950s he exhibited regularly at the Salon de l'Art Libre in Paris and the Salon des Indépendants. In 1994 his work was exhibited at the Mairie du XVI arrondissement (the town hall) in Paris. He was awarded a silver medal by the Ville de Paris, a vermeil medal from Arts et Lettres, and Prix European de la Sculpture in Rouen in 1991. Parpan also exhibited outside of France. He won a first place prize in Monte Carlo. He exhibited as well in many galleries in England, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, and the United States.  Provenance: Private collection Paris France

8 in. (20.32 cm)
15 in. (38.1 cm)
8 in. (20.32 cm)
Good original condition

Circa 1949