Sculpture

Convinced that reality is entirely Trinitarian, Lanza del Vasto needed to create in a three-dimensional space as well. He did it with indubitable talent.

In the 1930s, while his vocation to be a poet and an “expert in language” was strengthening, Lanza del Vasto began turning to precious substances. Gold and silver that he chiseled, stones he set, already bore the mark of his style. This activity helped him live: he worked to order and sold his art. It is quite a reminiscence of his aristocratic origins. But the majority of his produced objects is now inaccessible; we should be happy if we could trace some of them.

Later, the artist tried his hand at stone carving, modeling and pottery. So, in 1949 he began to meet Marcel Hastir’s workshop in Brussels; some memories are kept. But from that point on, he gave especially preference to ivory and wood, as we can see on the pictures below. In the 1950s, he began cutting and designing small and big works in these two materials, for the first time displayed in this “sculpture library”.

We find out very varied works, carved out of wood (sticks, boxes, crosses, persons, book covers) or of ivory (medallions, biblical scenes, utensils, …) and however united by the same sense of material and shape. Patterns from Greek mythology and medieval art are there. The great altarpiece of Christ’s vineyard, which can be considered as his masterpiece, testifies his contact with Indian art. But the originality of this beautiful ensemble is for certain and cannot be reduced to influences.

Finally, we would note that Lanza del Vasto, as a sculptor, “has set a precedent”, without seeking it. Several companions, drawing freely their inspiration from his way of proceeding, have produced remarkable and interesting works to be known. This website will soon offer pictures.

Feel free to click to enlarge and scroll through the pictures below.

 


Wooden sculpture

 

Sticks

Le bâton du Pèlerin (Noé)
Le bâton du Pèlerin (Melkisédek)
Le bâton du pélerin (Jean-Baptiste)
Le bâton du pélerin (Élie)
Lanza del Vasto à Nogaret
Lanza del Vasto à la Borie-Noble

 

Boxes

Coffret Sainte-Marie-Madeleine
Coffret pyramidal
Coffret feuilles
Coffret entrelacs
Coffret à la biche

 

Crosses

Lanza del Vasto sculptant à la fenêtre de la tour
Christ couronné d'épines (dos)
Christ couronné d'épines (face)
Croix de Lanza et de Chanterelle (face)
Croix de Lanza et de Chanterelle (dos)
Crucifix aux épines
Crucifix aux oiseaux
Crucifix de pitié
Crucifix soleil et lune

 

Persons

Calvaire aux loups
Gandhi jeune
Jean-Baptiste (moulage de la cloche de la Borie)
Lanza del Vasto pose devant sa sculpture : Le Christ à la Vigne
Le Christ à la Vigne
Saint-Pierre à la barque

 

Book covers

Reliure du livre Judas
Reliure du livre La baronne de Carins (dos)
Reliure du livre La baronne de Carins (face)
Reliure du livre Le Chiffre des Choses (dos)
Reliure du livre Le Chiffre des Choses (face)
Reliure du livre Principes et préceptes du retour à l'évidence

 


Ivory sculpture

 

Bible

Daniel dans la fosse aux lions
Judas clignant de l'œil
L'Arche de Noé
L'Arche de Noé
La prière de Noé
Naissance d'Ève (dos)
Naissance d'Ève (face)
Suzanne et les vieillards (dos)
Suzanne et les vieillards (face)

 

Mythology

Hercule et le lion de Némée
Médaillon de Diane (dos)
Médaillon de Diane (face)
Orphée charmant les animaux
Sainte Marthe et la Tarasque

 

Utensils

Gobelet de l'Himalaya
Cuillère aux lions
Couteau à la biche
Coupe papier aux animaux
Travail de précision
Porte-plume aux oiseaux
Nécessaire à couture
Goujes de sculpture
Gobelet de l'Himalaya

 

Virgins

Vierge et Christ
Vierge debout
Petite Vierge