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19th and 20th Century Sculpture

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André Joseph Allar
1845 - 1926
FRENCH
ISIS SE DÉVOILANT (ISIS UNVEILING HERSELF)

Provenance

Sale, Enghien, Belgium, 16 March 1980 (probably)

Literature

L. Noet, Vie et oeuvre du sculpteur André Allar 1845-1926: Catalogue raisonné, Paris, 2008, pp. 171-172, no. 106C (probably)

Catalogue Note

A sculptor from the south of France, Allar was born in Toulon, but went to Paris to train under Dantan and Cavelier. He achieved considerable success both as a small-scale and an architectural sculptor, winning a series of prizes, and ultimately being made an officier of the Légion d'Honneur in 1896 and a member of the French Institute in 1905. However, it is in the local museum of native town of Toulon that the main body of his work can be found, including his Achilles and Agamemnon, Hercules finding his dead son, and a number of architectural features which he designed for the facade of the museum and other local buildings.

Allar composed the plaster model for Isis se dévoilant in 1893 and the prime marble version was executed in 1901 and acquired by the state for 9,000FF; it is now in Bagnères-de-Luchon, Haute-Garonne. According to Noet, the model is inspired by Guéron d'Angely's poem La Vierge de Saïs and he notes a letter from the sculptor describing the figure as being symbolic of the soul of the Earth, Nature, and the universal discovery of man's intelligence (Noet, op. cit., p. 172). Noet lists only one reduction of the model, which must be presumed to be the present, very finely carved, marble, which he records as having been executed towards the end of Allar's life in 1923.

19th and 20th Century Sculpture

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