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Émile Antoine Bourdelle
1861 - 1929
GUERRIER ALLONGÉ AU GLAIVE, GRAND MODÈLE
Inscribed © By Bourdelle, numbered no. 1 and stamped with the foundry mark M. Hohwiller Fondeur. Paris.
Bronze
Length: 53 in.
134.6 cm
Conceived in 1898 and cast by the Hohwiller Foundry, France in an edition of 3 circa 1960.
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Provenance

Musée Bourdelle, Paris
Acquired from the above circa 1960

Literature

Ionel Jianou & Michel Dufet, Bourdelle, Paris, 1978, no. 170, p. 83
Carol Marc Lavrilier & Michel Dufet, Bourdelle et la critique de son temps, Paris, 1992, illustration of another cast p. 15

Catalogue Note

At age 32, Bourdelle attracted the admiration of Auguste Rodin whose studio he joined in 1893. As Rodin's colleague he translated the master's clay models into finished marbles, and in this process he developed a complete understanding of the master's methods and philosophy. Bourdelle was no mere assistant; Rodin corresponded with him on equal terms about his creative process.

Conceived during Bourdelle’s time working in Rodin’s studio, Le Guerrier au glaive exemplifies the artist‘s trademark use of the heroic forms. In the present work, Bourdelle highlights the dynamism of the human body and reveals a height of human emotion. As Charle Morice notes, Bourdelle's works achieve a “realism that borders on idealism... Bourdelle’s art marks the transition from the long period of enslavement by reality, which we have experienced, to the new, necessary phase in which the artist will review in his heart all the secrets of nature and reflect them in a creation more faithful to general truth and at the same time revealing his own persona, intimate truth” (quoted in Ionel Jianou & Michel Dufet, Bourdelle, Paris, 1978, pp. 28-29).

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