Little Breton girl or The Shy One - Quillivic
Hand-patinated reproduction on a black wooden base.
Born in Plouhinec, René Quillivic comes from a modest family where he immerses himself in the Breton tradition. He studied sculpture at the National School of Decorative Arts, then at the Beaux-arts de Paris.
His first works exhibited at the Salon des Indépendants show an artist attached to the characters of his childhood.
Brittany and its inhabitants remain his main source of inspiration. He built many memorials to the war of 1914-1918, to which Brittany paid such a heavy price.
In this portrait of a shy young Breton girl with her eyes down, the thoughtful and harmonious composition inherited from her academic training does not contradict the artist's sensitivity towards the popular environment from which she draws her inspiration.
During the inter-war period, he was one of the supporters of this Breton specificity, who wanted to bear witness to his identity while remaining open to new artistic trends. He thus appeared to his contemporaries as one of the best representatives of the renewal of Breton sculpture.