1824 - 1887
VENUS AND CUPID
signed: A CARRIER.
Overall the condition of the marble is very good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is minor natural veining to the marble. There are small naturally occurring inclusions, some of which have been filled with paint including one to the proper left shoulder and another to the proper left knee. Minor standard chips and abrasions to the edges of the base.
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Carrier-Belleuse revived the spirit of Clodion in his terracotta and marble groups with Venus and Cupid and bacchantes, rekindling interest in the Rococo style in the third quarter of the 19th century. The present model is inspired by a composition by Louis-Simon Boizot (1743-1809) for Sèvres, known from a photograph of a biscuit version held in the archives of the Cité de la Céramique, Sèvres (Hargrove, op. cit., p. 126, fig. 43). A terracotta version of the present model was exhibited in the recent exhibition Carrier-Belleuse: Le maïtre de Rodin (op. cit., no. 86). Hargrove and Grandjean date the model to circa 1868 (op. cit.).
Carrier-Belleuse imbues his interpretation of the subject with a playful eroticism that is characteristic of his Belle Epoque sensitivity. Versions of the model in marble are significantly rarer than those in terracotta, and this is a finely executed example.
J. Hargrove and G. Grandjean, Carrier-Belleuse. Le maïtre de Rodin, exh. cat. Palais de Compiègne, Paris, 2014, pp. 124-126, no. 86, fig. 43