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The Haymaker - Charles Levy 1840-1899

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"The Haymaker - Charles Levy 1840-1899"
Dimensions Height: approx. 25 cm Width: 8 cm Weight: 1127 grams Signature Titled and signed on the front of the terrace: Faneur By Ch Levy Salon des Beaux-Arts [exhibited in plaster at the 1887 salon under number 4226, this sculpture earned Charles Lévy honorable mention.
Exhibited again at the 1890 Salon, but in bronze under number 4166 ] Caster's stamp Bronze guaranteed under C & L deposited The stamp is preceded by the number 6783, on the left side of the terrace. Notre Faneur is one of the few works by Charles Lévy not to be allegorical. Rather, it corresponds to a naturalistic theme in vogue in the years 1880-1890. Le Faneur evokes an agricultural world, picturesque, magnified but always told with a great sense of truth. The revolutionary, bloody and vindictive peasantry of 1789 is gone. The Balzacian schema depicting it as harsh and harsh, striving towards profit and the acquisition of ever more land, has also been gradually erased. Painters took over, followed by sculptors. At the turn of the century, they represent an agricultural world, rooted in its traditions, attached to its land, and living to the rhythm of an unalterable calendar. The opposite of a bubbling, demanding, aggressive and therefore frightening working world. However, Charles Lévy does not really take sides for naturalism, simply anecdotal in his work, since as a pendant, he sculpts a Miner who adopts the same pose as the Faneur. His sculpture L'Industrie, a beautiful allegorical figure, does not take sides, but simply expresses the artist's favorite theme: allegories. Be that as it may, this theme of the faneur exalts, for the artists as well as for the Bourgeois for whom these works are created, the constancy in the effort, the solidity in the task to be accomplished, the fruitfulness of a nourishing earth.
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