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Paul-Jean-Baptiste Gasq

Orpheus and Eurydice

Paul-Jean-Baptiste Gasq

Paul-Jean-Baptiste Gasq

Orpheus and Eurydice

Orpheus and Eurydice

Paul-Jean-Baptiste Gasq

French

1860 - 1944

Orpheus and Eurydice


signed: P. Gasq, and with a plaque inscribed: PRESQUE AUX PORTES DU JOUR, TROUBLÉ HORS DE LUI-MÊME / IL S'ARRÊTE, IL SE TOURNE..... IL REVOIT CE QU'IL AIME / C'EN EST FAIT UN COUP D'OEIL A DÉTRUIT SON BONHEUR / VIRGILE

bronze, green-brown patina, on a veined red marble base and a red marble and black marble column with ormolu mounts

bronze and base: 120cm., 47 1/4 in.

column: 118cm., 46 1/2 in.

Overall the condition is good, with minor dirt and wear to the surface consistent with age. The bronze is cast in sections and some original joints are visible (with some associated plugs), including at both figures' proper right arms, and the man's proper left arm. There are a few nicks and dents, including at the proper right finger tips of the man and at the woman's proper left knee. Some greening, which may partially be original to the patina. Some further minor abrasions.

There is some wear to the pedestal, including some surface scratching and a few chips and abrasions.


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Paul Jean Baptiste Gasq excelled in classical and allegorical subjects. Numbering among his many public commissions are his Médée in marble in the Jardins de Tuileries, as well as L’Art et La Nature to the left of the entrance of the Grand Palais. Both monumental marbles impress with their drama and motion. The present model maintains much of the vitality that characterises Gasq’s public monuments. The tragedy of Orpheus' loss of Eurydice in the underworld is palpable in this languidly dynamic composition, which is presented on an impressive ornate base. The present bronze is a particularly large cast of the model.

Gasq was a student at the School of Fine Arts in Dijon, before studying under Jouffrey and Hiolle at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He began exhibiting at the Salon in 1880 and won the Prix de Rome in 1890, followed by a Grand Prix at the Exposition Universelle of 1900. He was conservateur of the Musée de Dijon from 1932 and was made a member of the Institute in 1935.

RELATED LITERATURE
E. Bénézit, Dictionnaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs, Gründ, 1999, vol. V, pp. 892-893