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Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse
French, 1824-1887
FRENCH
JEUNE FILLE (A BUST OF A YOUNG GIRL WITH FLOWERS IN HER HAIR)
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 GBP
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Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse
French, 1824-1887
FRENCH
JEUNE FILLE (A BUST OF A YOUNG GIRL WITH FLOWERS IN HER HAIR)
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 12,500 GBP
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Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse
French, 1824-1887
1824 - 1887
FRENCH
JEUNE FILLE (A BUST OF A YOUNG GIRL WITH FLOWERS IN HER HAIR)
signed: A. CARRIER-BELLEUSE 
terracotta, on an ebonised wood socle
46cm., 18in.
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Catalogue Note

As Larson discusses (see his essay in this catalogue), this bust of a child is a consummate illustration of Carrier-Belleuse's understanding of the technique and style of eighteenth-century sculptors.  The comparision with Jean-Antoine Houdon's bust of Louis Brongniart is prescient as both busts capture the innocence and beauty of childhood.  Carrier-Belleuse diverges from Houdon's composition in the addition of the garland of flowers in the young girl's hair.  This touch infuses the bust with a sense of romance and otherwordliness.  

Larson also highlights this particular bust for retaining an original paint surface, more specifically "a fine wash of terracotta coloured gouache (a watercolour reinforced with body colour and gum) to impart a soft pastel delicacy to the surface of the sculpture."  On many of Carrier-Belleuse's terracotta this goache has been mistakenly stripped with the layers of dirt by restoration.  Carrier-Belleuse sold a bust entitled Jeune Fille in his sale of 1883 and 1887, whether or not this reference refers to the present terracotta, however, cannot be confirmed.

RELATED LITERATURE
Lami, vol. 1, p. 284

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