Thursday, February 7, 2013

Hirsute & Handsome

A hauntingly good looking male bust by the famed American artist Edward Melcarth, signed and dated 1968. Most of his works were purchased by Malcolm Forbes and later by Forbes' son.
UPDATE: I was pleased to be contacted by the nephew of Melcarth and informed that the bust is made of a type of resin and that this piece is often referred to as the "Heroic Head" or "Roman Head". The subject model likely a friend or lover of the artist.
Melcarth had another important friend and patron in Peggy Guggenheim for whom he designed the most fabulous sunglasses of the 20th century.
12" tall

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