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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, UNITED STATES

Vincenzo Vela and Louis Rochet
THE LAST DAYS OF NAPOLÉON AND NAPOLÉON À BRIENNE
Estimate
7,00010,000
LOT SOLD. 16,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT
49

PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, UNITED STATES

Vincenzo Vela and Louis Rochet
THE LAST DAYS OF NAPOLÉON AND NAPOLÉON À BRIENNE
Estimate
7,00010,000
LOT SOLD. 16,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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Vincenzo Vela and Louis Rochet
THE LAST DAYS OF NAPOLÉON AND NAPOLÉON À BRIENNE

engraved V. VELA.F. 1867., F. BARBEDIENNE. FONDEUR and impressed with the RÉDUCTION MÉCANIQUE A. COLLAS BREVETÉ pastille; engraved LOUIS ROCHET and impressed with the Susse Frères stamp, respectively.


bronze, brown patina


heights 16 1/2 in.; 30 1/8 in. respectively
42 cm; 76.5 cm
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Catalogue Note

Vela was one of the great exponents of Realism in sculpture and the founder of the verismo movement in Italy. His Last Days of Napoleon is a prime example of that combination of melodrama with acute attention to detail. At the Paris Salon of 1867, Vela's Napoleon was a sensation, although it elicited much debate as to whether it was too Realist or too Romantic.

Vela chose to depict Napoleon as a chair-bound invalid, tracing the ruins of his former empire across a map of Europe. Nonetheless he has retained a heroic bearing which gives the composition its monumentality and emotional tangibility

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