Conceived during Bourdelle’s time working in Rodin’s studio, Le Guerrier au glaive exemplifies the artist‘s trademark use of the heroic forms. In the present work, Bourdelle highlights the dynamism of the human body and reveals a height of human emotion. As Charle Morice notes, Bourdelle's works achieve a “realism that borders on idealism... Bourdelle’s art marks the transition from the long period of enslavement by reality, which we have experienced, to the new, necessary phase in which the artist will review in his heart all the secrets of nature and reflect them in a creation more faithful to general truth and at the same time revealing his own persona, intimate truth” (quoted in Ionel Jianou & Michel Dufet, Bourdelle, Paris, 1978, pp. 28-29).
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