Poncet is an abstract sculptor in the tradition of Jean Arp and Constantin Brancusi. Many of Poncet’s forms are derived from nature and are pared down to display the beauty or voluptuousness of a form or the essence of a movement. His sculpture shows distinct similarities to the work of Jean Arp, with whom Poncet worked closely from 1953-1955.
Poncet believes that movement is essential in good sculpture, and he strives for a breathless balance in his work, so that as you look at it, you feel that with a gentle push, the piece would fall. As Poncet explained:
The movement is essential in my quest. Everything is moving in nature, in life. We must go all the way, trying to search the balance. Maintaining this balance is essential for the sculpture…
This simple abstract shape is suggestive of organic forms found in nature. Internationally famous for its nobility and timelessness, Rosa Aurora (or “pink sunrise”) marble is so named for its pink veining, reinforcing this allusion to nature.
Abstract Form is skillfully crafted and balanced. One minor adjustment could tip the sculpture. However, Poncet has succeeded in striking just the perfect pose for his work. He has had a solid career with many monumental works placed in public forums and a very cohesive body of mid-size works in primarily polished bronze and marble. His sculptures have increasingly brought strong prices both in the auction arena and in private sales.
Modern Master Tapestries, Inc., New York, 1973 (an original invoice and letter from the gallery director accompany this piece)
Private Collection, Galveston, Texas
By descent in the family