Jef LAMBEAUX (1852-1908). The Two Friends, first half of the 20th century. Plaster, 12.5 x 8 cm, height 9 cm. In 1883, Jef Lambeaux is one of the founding members of the avant-garde Brussels group Les Vingt. He notably produced Le Faune mordu shown at the Brussels (1897) and Paris (1900) Universal Exhibitions, but was the centre of a polemic about nudes at the 1905 Universal Exhibition in Liège, where this work was covered with a veil. Another major work: Les Passions humaines (1886), a marble bas-relief that was integrated into Victor Horta's pavilion in the Parc du Cinquantenaire, for which he was awarded a medal of honour at the 1900 Universal Exhibition in Paris. He was appointed a member of the Royal Academy of Belgium in 1903. Attached a small frame.