1872 - 1953
signed: Epreuve D'auteur / L. Dejean
bronze, dark brown patina
Overall the condition of the bronze is very good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There are a few very minor dirt marks including a small black mark to the proper right shoulder.
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Louis Dejean trained under Auguste Rodin, becoming a prominent member of the Bande a Schnegg, a group of disciples of the great master led by Lucien Schnegg and including François Pompon, Léon Drivier, Charles Despiau and Alfred Jean Halou. Dejean exhibited at the Salons des Artistes Français from 1890 to 1893 and at the Nationale des Beaux-Arts from 1899. Many of his early works were statuettes of women in contemporary dress, dubbed tanagras modernes, and were reminiscent of the style of Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse. Following numerous members of the Bande a Schnegg, after the Great War, Dejean moved towards a more severe classical style, as seen in the present bronze. Dejean is also famous for his monumental statue of Peace, which was made for the S.S. Normandie.