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Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux

Génie de la Danse (no. 1) (The Spirit of Dance)

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux

Génie de la Danse (no. 1) (The Spirit of Dance)

Génie de la Danse (no. 1) (The Spirit of Dance)

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux

French

1827 - 1875

Génie de la Danse (no. 1) (The Spirit of Dance)


signed: Carpeaux, and stamped with the Eagle cachet 

bronze, mid brown patina

102.5cm., 40¼in.

Overall the condition of the bronze is good with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. There is dark spotting to the patina including to the face and arms. There are a series of minor nicks to the proper right arm. There is an original joint at the figure’s proper left shoulder. There is minor wear to the patina including to the baby’s face.


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The model of Le Génie de la danse comes from Carpeaux's famous group, La Danse. Officially commissioned before 1875, Carpeaux's group is one of four allegorical compositions on the facade of the Opera in Paris. Although the architect, Charles Garnier, gave all four sculptors strict and conventional guidelines for each work, Carpeaux rejected the standard representational formats used by the other sculptors, and adopted a bold evocation of his theme.

Carpeaux later adapted the various elements of the group into separate figures for commercial editions. As Poletti and Richarme have noted, Le Génie is one of the most successful of the independent groups, as this, more than any other figure, embodied the dynamism of the theme.

RELATED LITERATURE
M. Poletti and A. Richarme, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux sculpteur: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre édité, Paris, 2003, pp. 56-59, no. SA 4