Tableaux Dessins Sculptures 1300-1900

Tableaux Dessins Sculptures 1300-1900

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Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse

The Abduction of Hippodamia | L'Enlèvement d'Hippodamie

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November 10, 03:06 PM GMT

Estimate

25,000 - 40,000 EUR

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Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse

1824 - 1887

The Abduction of Hippodamia (L'Enlèvement d'Hippodamie)


signed CARRIER.BELLEUSE, with a pastille stamp BRONZE GARANTI AU TITRE PARIS

bronze, brown patina


H. 64 cm; 25 ⅕ in.

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Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse

1824 - 1887

L'Enlèvement d'Hippodamie


signé CARRIER.BELLEUSE, pastille BRONZE GARANTI AU TITRE PARIS

bronze à patine brune

H. 64 cm ; 25 ⅕ in.

Acquired from the art dealer Herny Quenet, Paris in 1969;

private collection;

thence by descent

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Acquis auprès de l’antiquaire Herny Quenet, Paris en 1969 ;

Collection privée, puis par descendance.

It has been justifiably suggested that this group owes much to the involvement of Auguste Rodin. It is first documented in 1871 when a terracotta version was included in a selection of models offered in Brussels in July of that year. Hargrove has demonstrated that the centaur's body which ripples with a bold musculature is characteristic of Rodin's models for the Vase of the Titans, and that the screaming face is very similar to Rodin's The Calls to Arms of 1878. The absence of specific reference to Rodin's part in the Enlèvement may be explained by the fact that his contribution would have occurred whilst he was still contractually working for Carrier-Belleuse's, although, by the early 1870s serious differences were already well apparent. Certainly, there are no obvious comparison in Carrier-Belleuse's oeuvre for the specific treatment of the centaur.


On the other hand, the ideal forms of Hippodamia are typical of so many Carrier-Belleuse mythological nudes. Also characteristic of him is the eclectic sources for the composition. It is certainly indebted to famous rape groups of the Renaissance, such as Giambologna's Nessus and Dejaneira and Rapt of the Sabine, but the powerful pose of the centaur's body is close to Antoine-Louis Barye's Cheval surpris par un lion.


There are versions of L'Enlèvement recorded in terracotta, marble and bronze.


This dynamic sculptural group depicts a famous scene drawn from Ovid. Pirithous, King of the Lapiths, invited the centaurs to celebrate his marriage to the beautiful Hippodamia. The drunken centaurs became out of control and the centaur Eurityon tried in vain to abduct Hippodamia. King Pirithous assisted by Theseus, later took revenge on the centaurs in a battle known as the Centauromachy, a scene depicted throughout art history, from the Parthenon to Piero di Cosimo and Peter Paul Rubens.