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Louis-Ernest Barrias
1841-1905
FRENCH
NATURE SE DÉVOILANT À LA SCIENCE (NATURE REVEALING HERSELF TO SCIENCE)
gilt bronze

signed: E. Barrias, inscribed: Susse Fres Edts Paris. stamped with the SUSSE FRERES EDITEURS PARIS pastille, further stamped: SYNDICAT des FAGRTS DE BRONZES 1818 UNI FRANCE and stamped with the letters G and S and stamped FRANCE and with an old label to the back inscribed: 22 MAY 97 / sale 8658 / lot 153


58cm., 22 7/8 in. overall
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Barrias exhibited the model of La Nature in white marble at the salon of 1893. This first version was entirely nude apart from the veil which hung over her head and fell to her feet at her back. Suitably, given its title, the marble was purchased by the Medical Faculty of Bordeaux. Barrias exhibited the model again in 1899 partly clothed, like the present model, and fashioned out of coloured stones, fitting into the vogue for chryselephantine sculpture. The contemporary allegory of the title reflects its modernity and thinly disguises the essence of the composition: a beautiful woman undressing.

RELATED LITERATURE
P. Fusco and H. Janson, The Romantics to Rodin, exh. cat. Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, 1980, pp. 118-120, no. 10

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