Céline Emilian born 1902
Inscribed 'Céline Emilian' on back of neck
Bronze, 12 1/2 x 5 3/4 x 8 1/4 (31.8 x 14.5 x 21)
Presented by the artist 1939
Exh:Céline Emilian, Sala Ileana, Bucharest, November-December 1931 (7); Tinerimea Artistică, Sala Dalles, Bucharest, March 1935 (226); Sculpture by Madame Céline Emilian, Roumanian Legation, London, June-July 1939 (11)
Exhibited in London in 1939 as 'Head of Roumanian Peasant Woman', but usually known as 'Angela'. The artist wrote (letter of 20 October 1958) that the model was a real peasant girl on a visit to Bucharest in 1930. She met the girl at the house of some acquaintances and, finding her very interesting, got her to pose.
This is the only bronze cast, but the artist still owns the original plaster, painted to look like a bronze, which was included in her retrospective exhibition in the Stalin Park in 1957.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.201, reproduced p.201