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Josef Öfner Bronze Bust of Ophelia


This romantic Austrian Art Nouveau patinated bronze bust of Ophelia by Josef Öfner, the artist depicts Shakespeare's dark-fated character Ophelia as a peacefully sleeping woman—her features the picture of quiet repose, adorned subtly with delicate flowers. The bronze sculpture rests on a painted wood base.


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Item#: S-14120
Artist: Josef Öfner
Circa: 1900
Dimensions: 13.5" height, 13.5" width, 6" depth
Materials: Bronze, Stained pine
Signed: J. Öfner
Literature: Bust pictured in Dynamic Beauty: Sculpture of Art Nouveau Paris, by Macklowe Gallery, The Studley Press, 2011, p. 218

The Austrian sculptor Josef Öfner studied under Auguste Kühne and Otto König and was active in Vienna around the turn of the 20th-century. Like many of his peers, Öfner applied his skills to both decorative and visual arts, producing gilt bronze vases and trays in addition to figural busts.