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Alfred Boucher
FRENCH
L'HISTOIRE NUE (AN ALLEGORY OF HISTORY)
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Alfred Boucher
FRENCH
L'HISTOIRE NUE (AN ALLEGORY OF HISTORY)
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19th & 20th Century Sculpture, including works from Cecil Howard’s Studio

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Alfred Boucher
1850 - 1934
FRENCH
L'HISTOIRE NUE (AN ALLEGORY OF HISTORY)
signed: A.BOUCHER
white marble
64.5 by 31cm., 25 3/8  by 12 1/4 in. 
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Catalogue Note

Alfred Boucher was the son of a farmhand and worked as a gardener for the sculptor Joseph-Marius Ramus. On discovering Boucher’s natural talent for sculpting, Ramus granted Boucher use of his studio. Boucher in turn would go on to encourage young promising sculptors and acted as mentor to Laure Coutan and Camille Claudel, as well as founding the studio, La Ruche, for young artists.

He entered l’Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris in 1869, and studied under the artists Paul Dubois, Antoine Dumont and Marius Ramus. He achieved great success when he exhibited his work at the Exposition Universelle, and was awarded the Grand Prix in 1881 and 1900.

Boucher was particularly intrigued by the effect of representing soft skin against rough rock and repeatedly explored variations on this theme, carving his models in three-quarter relief. Most well-known are versions of his models Volubilis and La Philosophie de l’histoire. The present relief, which is much more rare and is a variation on a bronze figure on the monument of Auguste Burdeau at the Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, is based on a plaster cast which was first executed just before 1902. 

RELATED LITERATURE
P. Kjellberg, Bronzes of the 19th Century: Dictionary of Sculptors, London, 1994, pp. 118-120; J. Piette, Alfred Boucher, 1850-1934, L'oeuvre sculpté Catalogue Raisonné, Paris, 2014, no. A59A-C

19th & 20th Century Sculpture, including works from Cecil Howard’s Studio

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London