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GEORGE MINNE was a Belgian artist and sculptor famous for his idealized depictions of man’s inner spiritual conflicts. A contemporary of Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, Minne shows many similarities in both form and subject matter to the Viennese Secessionists, the fathers of Art Nouveau. Minne trained at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, then in the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels from 1895 through 1899, and in 1891 was elected a member of the arts group Les XX. His most famous works are the “Kneeling Youth” series of sculptures, including “The Fountain of Kneeling Youths”, a bronze-cast fountain in his home town of Ghent (the Marble originals are at the Folkwang Museum in Essen, Germany), as well as various smaller sculptures in private and museum holdings, such as the pair of “Kneeling Youths” at the Neue Galerie in New York City.