Fanno Messan, Forgotten Sculptor and Confident Tomboy

La Gazette Drouot
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The Couple, which has never come up for auction before, reintroduces us to an astonishingly modern artist, who was part of the 1920s Paris art scene. Fano Messan (1902–1998), The Couple, c. 1930, concrete sculpture, finished with a tool after modeling, signed “F. MESSAN”, h. 58 cm/ 22.83 in. Estimate: €2,000/3,000 Fano Messan was well known in the interwar years but has been forgotten by the art market—until today. The presentation of her sculpture TheCouple is an event in itself. Found during an inventory, it was acquired by the current owner’s father to add to his collection dedicated to the 1920s-1930s. Its massive, synthetic

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