By Richard O’Brien 1990
If, like me, you have a passion for fine bronzes, full of strength and beauty, then the pages of this book will introduce you to the craftsmanship and artistry of André Lassen. His subject matter, although echoing the traditions of the Victorian gothic revival period, is fresh and compelling and is not for one moment to be regarded as merely nostalgic pastiche, any more than the last period was simply a secondhand look at its Medieval origins. Bugatti and Alfred Gilbert, to name but two from that marvelous movement, are proof of this argument. André Lassen’s work is definitive and stands on its own merits, full of grace, surprising femininity and wit. His bronze and silver works never fail to astonish and delight. Quite frankly, I’d like to own them all. I’m sure that the small indication of his work in this book will convince you of his marvelous talent and dedication, and, that like me, you will become an aficionado, if not to say lover, of the skill and imagination of this wonderful Dutch sculptor.