Lot 208
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EMILE ANTOINE BOURDELLE | Héraklès archer, huitième étude, modèle intermédiaire définitif

Estimate
80,000 - 120,000 GBP
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Description

  • Emile Antoine Bourdelle
  • Héraklès archer, huitième étude, modèle intermédiaire définitif
  • inscribed Emile Antoine Bourdelle, titled Héraklés Archer and inscribed with the foundry mark Alexis Rudier Fondeur Paris
  • bronze
  • height: 60.5cm., 23 7/8 in.
  • Conceived in 1906-09 and cast in bronze in an edition of 8 + 2 artist's proofs by the Alexis Rudier Foundry, Paris, under the direction of the artist's widow and son possibly circa 1930.

Provenance

Private Collection
Acquired from the above by the present owner in the 1980s

Literature

André Fontainas, Bourdelle, Paris, 1930, n.n., illustration of another version pl. 17
Paul Lorenz, Bourdelle, Sculptures et dessins, Paris, 1947, n.n., illustration of another cast pl. 25
Pierre Descargues, Bourdelle, Paris, 1954, n.n., illustration of the larger cast pl. 38
Bourdelle (exhibition catalogue), Museum of National and Occidental Art, Tokyo & National Museum, Kyoto, 1968, no. 12, illustration of another cast p.12
Ionel Jianou, Bourdelle, Paris, 1970, illustration of another cast p. 57
Ionel Jianou & Michel Dufet, Bourdelle, Paris, 1975, no. 394, illustrations of another cast pp. 105 & 180, illustration of the larger cast pl. 29
Ionel Jianou & Michel Dufet, Bourdelle, Paris, 1978, no. 398, illustration of another cast p. 180 
Carol-Marc Lavrillier & Michel Dufet, Bourdelle et la critique de son temps, Paris, 1979, p. 44, illustration of the larger cast in the artist's studio, p. 45; illustration of the larger cast pp. 106-107 & 212-213
P. Cannon-Brookes, Emile-Antoine Bourdelle, An Illustrated Commentary, London, 1983, n.n. illustrations of other casts pp. 59 & 62-63
Emile Antoine Bourdelle: Pioneer of the Future (exhibition catalogue), Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 1989, illustration of the larger cast p. 28

Condition

Attractive dark brown patina. The patina is uneven, some of which is due to light handling wear. There are three scratches to the lower part of Héraklès' back and other small scratches in places, notably below the title inscription and to the arch. There are a few spots of verdegris in places at the base and some dust in the crevices. This work is in overall good condition.
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