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Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse
1824 - 1887
FRENCH
BUST OF RAPHAEL
signed: A. CARRIER
white marble, on a black marble socle
59cm., 23 1/4 in. overall
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Catalogue Note

Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse was one of the most important and innovative sculptors of 19th-century France. During his long career, Carrier-Belleuse was responsible for important public monuments, as well as creating decorative sculpture for a diverse clientele. One of his major contributions to sculpture is the introduction of 19th-century technology in his workshop to efficiently reproduce his models for an eager market. This way his terracotta and marble models could be dispersed widely. Carrier-Belleuse’s prolific workshop also became an important training ground for younger sculptors, notably Auguste Rodin, who acted as the master’s assistant between 1864 and 1870. 

This fine bust celebrates the Renaissance master Raphael Sanzo di Urbino. It is a charming portrayal of the youthful Raphael, depicting him with a wistful yet noble expression. The work is comparatively subdued, but the artist's expert handling of detail is apparent in the virtuoso treatment of the hair and clothing. Carrier-Belleuse made several other sculptures paying homage to notable artists and writers, including Dante, Dürer and Delacroix. 

The signature on this bust indicates that it was made early in the sculptor's career; after 1868, Carrier-Belleuse changed his signature from A. CARRiER  to A. CARRiER-BELLEUSE

RELATED LITERATURE
J. Hargrove and G. Grandjean, Carrier-Belleuse. Le maître de Rodin, exh. cat. Palais de Compiègne, Paris, 2014

19th & 20th Century Sculpture

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