Lot 82
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Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse

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Description

  • Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse
  • L'Innocence Tourmentée par Les Amours
  • inscribed Cie des Bronzes Bruxelles / Cire Perdue, bronze plaque to the front inscribed Groupe par le Sculpteur Carrier Belleuse / Fonte en bronze à Cire Perdue d'un seul jet / Bronze Florentin
  • bronze, dark brown and gilt patina

Catalogue Note

Dr. Anita Brookner called him a "manipulator of styles," an epithet addressing Carrier-Belleuse's versatility and fearless experimentation in the fine and decorative arts. Indeed, Carrier-Belleuse thrived during the second half of the 19th century, a time in which sculpture became more multifaceted and less dependent on an established, singular style. Whether he produced portrait busts, public moments, sculpture or decorative wares and designs, his art engendered unequivocal praise from his contemporaries. Carrier-Belleuse exhibited at the Paris Salon beginning in 1857, the acknowledged official art sanctum which ensured future stability, public recognition and desired patronage. His business acumen and self-promotion were prophetic, and he carved his public image as boldly as his sculpture, becoming one of the most popular figures of his time.

Notably the 1871 terracotta group of the present model of L'Innocence Tourmentée par les Amours was created by Carrier-Belleuse in close collaboration with the celebrated French sculptor Auguste Rodin, who was a pupil of Carrier-Belleuse at the Sevres factory.  The terracotta group is now in the permanent collection of the Carnegie Museum of Art acquired in 2001 through the Heinz Family Fund (see Antiques and the Arts Weekly, January 10, 2003).

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