Boucher created some of the most delicate and alluring nudes of the late 19th Century. They range from the Rodinesque Volubilis showing a dreaming girl emerging from a roughly hewn surround, to the refined ethereality of the present model. L'Hirondelle Blessée was exhibited at the Salon of 1898 to great acclaim. This sensitive model has been said to evoke Carrier-Belleuse' Hébé endormie and to embody the grace and elegance of Boucher's earlier sculpture, Volubilis. The model is particularly famous today as it was reworked by Damien Hirst for his 2008 marble Anatomy of an Angel, sold in these rooms on 15/09/08 for £1,071,650.
J. Piette, Alfred Boucher 1850-1934 "sculpteur – humaniste", exh. cat. Musée Paul Dubois – Alfred Boucher, Nogent-sur-Seine, 2000, p. 52, no. 46; J. Piette, Alfred Boucher 1850-1934: L'oeuvre sculpté, catalogue raisonné, Paris, 2014, pp. 200-207, no. A4