Bohumír Frantisek Antonín Cermak (Czech1882 -1961) " Die Sünde "  (The Sin) ( Eve). The present sculpture is inspired by the works of his mentor and teacher, Austrian symbolist artist Otto Wagner (1841-1918), and by Gustav Klimt (1862-1918). It also bears considerable similarity to certain symbolist sculptures and works by Franz Von Stuck (1863 - 1928).

High quality cast bronze sculpture of Eve, with gilded hair, her body in antique brown and also with applied gilding to her anklets. Her head is encircled with a dark brown/black snake with dark green highlights and decorative markings. Artists signature inscribed and illegible date (either19 '07 or 19 '04),  and with full foundry marks and stamps for Bedrich Bendelmayer of Prague, the premier caster and founder in Prague of fine art sculpture from the late 19th and early 20th century.

There are many design elements in the snake's markings similar to metal work details created by this artist in his works dating to around 1910. Bohumír Cermak's work before the First World War demonstrated principles of Viennese Modernism. He followed in the footsteps of Josef Hoffmann and the Wiener Werkstätte. After returning to the Czech Republic he founded  The Cermak Handicraft Workshop in Brno (1910). His studio designed ceramics and unusual metal work in the secessionist style. Cermak was also an architect of  buildings (notably the Brno Exhibition Centre). He was also involved in numerous exhibitions worldwide, including the United States. The city of Brno is the second largest city after Prague in Czech Republic and has always been a hot bed for artists called"Moravians". Brno was the first city at the turn of the 20th century to be connected directly by rail to Vienna .
Dimensions: Height 25.5 inches or 65.5 cm

Bohumír Cermák,     Villa Andera life size bronze sculpture 1934             Source: Brno Secesni 1934
Bohumír Cermák,  Bronze sculpture and interior vestibule of a residential building, 1912 Source: Brno Secesni 1912
Bohumír Cermák,    Highly Important  Poly chrome and enamel gilded metal jardiniere       Source :  Dorotheum Vienna November 25 th 2010 lot 932 : Work from 1910/1812
Bohumír Cermák,        Bronze Bonbonierre 1910            Source : Auction House Zezula March 21 st 2009 Brno