Lot 121
  • 121

Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse

50,000 - 70,000 USD
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  • Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse
  • L'Innocence tourmentée par les amours 
  • inscribed Cie des Bronzes Bruxelles / Cire Perdue, with a bronze plaque 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
  • height: 61 in.
  • 152 cm


Sale: Sotheby's, New York, October 23, 2007, lot 82, illustrated 
Acquired at the above sale


Sandor Pierron, 'François Rude et Auguste Rodin à Bruxelles,' La Grand Revue, Paris, October 1, 1902, pp. 138, 62
June Hargrove and Gilles Grandjean, ed., Carrier-Belleuse, Le Maître de Rodin, exh. cat., Grand Palais de Compiègne, May 22-October 27, 2014, no. 76, another cast illustrated

Catalogue Note

L'Innocence tourmentée par les amours is believed to have been by Carrier-Belleuse’s star pupil and assistant Auguste Rodin, who worked in Carrier-Belleuse's Paris studio from 1864. With the advent of the Franco-Prussian War in 1870, the market for fine terracottas and bronzes collapsed, and Carrier-Belleuse moved to Brussels. Rodin followed, and it was in Brussels that he allegedly modeled the L'Innocence. None of the sculptures created by Rodin during this period bear his signature, making attributions difficult. However, the present model was attributed to Rodin as early as 1902 by the Belgian writer Sandor Pierron (Pierron, op. cit. p. 154). A terracotta version of this composition, just under 23 inches high, was accepted by Jérôme Le Blay as executed by Rodin in conjunction with his employer, Carrier-Belleuse, and is to be included in their forthcoming monograph on Rodin (see Sotheby’s, New York, May 6, 2015, lot 208).