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Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse
1824 - 1887
FRENCH
LA NUIT (ALLEGORY OF THE NIGHT)

Catalogue Note

La Nuit was sold in marble in Carrier-Belleuse's first 1868 Drouot sale as no. 2, in the same size as the present lot. A marble of the same model was sold in these rooms on 14 December 2001, lot 147; whereas a variation on the model, which has modest drapery slung from a belt around the woman's waist, was sold earlier in that same year, 27 April, lot 190. 

The personification of the night as a draped woman holding a sleeping baby was prominent in Neoclassical iconography. Perhaps most famously, Thorvaldsen's relief of Night shows a winged figure of the Night holding two sleeping putti. The present marble is a tender and detailed group of the same theme, by one of France's most prolific 19th-century sculptors, showcasing Carrier-Belleuse's eye for detail and technical prowess.  

RELATED LITERATURE
J. Hargrove, The Life and Work of Albert Carrier-Belleuse, New York, 1977, p. 232

19th & 20th Century Sculpture

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