signed: RAOUL LARCHE, stamped: SIOT PARIS and numbered: 8564
François-Raoul Larche (1860-1912) attended the École Nationale des Beaux Arts in Paris, where he studied under Jouffroy, Delaplanche, Falguière and Gérôme. He made his salon debut in 1884 and exhibited there until his death. He received several public commissions, was awarded a gold medal at the 1900 Exposition Universelle and a Medal of Honour in 1910. Amongst Larche's most recognized works are his series of swirling sculptures of the inspirational American dancer Loïe Fuller, which have come to symbolise the Art Nouveau style, offered for sale as lamps at his gold medal-winning stand at the 1900 Paris Exposition. These, as with almost of all of Larche's bronzes - including sculptures, desk accessories, vide-poche, lamps and vases - were cast and edited by the Parisian foundry Siot-Decauville.
Les Violettes is one of Larche's works commissioned by the French government in marble. He first exhibited the completed Carrara marble group at the Paris Salon of 1899 and the following year at the Exposition Universelle. With its swirling shapes, the group is similar in style to the Loïe Fuller lamps, and epitomises Larche's interest in the fluid forms of Art Nouveau.
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