ANTONIUCCI VOLTI (1915-1989) THE OTAGE Bronze with anthracite patina shaded with blue Signed and numbered '1/8' with the founder's stamp "Clementi/Lost wax Posthumous casting Bronze with blue dark grey patina; signed, numbered '1/8' and stamped with foundry mark 'Clementi/Cire perdue'; posthumous cast 88 cm - 34 5/8 in. PROVENANCE Sale, Louiza Auktion, Brussels, 21 October 2017, lot 75. Private collection, France. BIBLIOGRAPHY Jean-Robert Delahaut, Volti, Sculptures et dessins, Éditions Pierre Cailler, Geneva: 1968, pp. 82-83 (one plaster copy described and reproduced in black and white). EXHIBITIONS Paris, Palais Galliera, Salon des Peintres témoins de leur temps, L'événement, 1963 (one plaster copy). Beijing, Tianjin, Chengdu, Wuhan and Shanghai, Volti, architect of sensuality, traveling exhibition, August 8, 2014-March 4, 2015 (one resin copy). Château de Maintenon, Volti, architecte de la sensualité, May 28-October 2, 2016 (a resin copy). Villafranca di Verona, Antoniucci Volti, May 8-June 30, 2021 (another copy in bronze). RELATED WORKS Antoniucci Volti (1915-1989), The Hostage, plaster, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Volti Museum. Antoniucci Volti (1915-1989), The Hostage, bronze, cast by Clementi, Indivision Volti. "Admirable drawings underline the elegant purity of the sculpted expression. Pencils, red chalk, drawings on parchment, 'line' drawings, skilful colored notations vividly illustrate Volti's subtle art, which reaches a pathetic grandeur in his drawings of captivity, which will remain precious and moving testimonies of those barbaric times." Jean-Marie Lannegrand d'Augimont, Tribune des Nations.