Credo - Julien Monier - Early 20th Century flag

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"Credo - Julien Monier - Early 20th Century"
Height 59 cm Width: 11.5 cm Depth: 13.5 cm Titled: Credo Signed: Julien Monier
Le Croisé is one of Julien Monier's most published works.
No doubt this is due to its theme, which has only rarely been treated in sculpture, if we make the exception of the sublime work of the same name by Emmanuel Frémiet (1824-1910), whose chief model dates of 1880, and which, once published in bronze had obtained such a success that the sculptor had sold 112 copies in two years and three months! Julien Monier's success is not as considerable, but nevertheless his Credo enjoyed a certain celebrity. Produced in chryselephantine, golden patina, double patina, or medal patina, also in different sizes, this statue of a Crusader knight offering his sword to Christ expresses poignant emotion.
The features of the young Crusader are juvenile, and imbued with great interiority. He is dressed in a coat of mail, over which he wears the white tunic stamped with the red cross of the crusader. The theme of the Crusade is hardly mentioned in 19th century art. With the restorations of medieval castles by the architect Eugène Viollet-Le-Duc, a timid curiosity for this Middle Ages that was considered “Gothic”, obscure and without interest is slowly born. Between 1096 and 1270, eight crusades set out from the West to arrive in the East. Preached by Pope Urban II during the Council of Clermont, and supported by the numerous and fiery sermons of Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, this first Crusade aroused immense religious enthusiasm. It was a question of defending the Holy Sepulchre, and the Christians of the East and thus of gaining indulgences (that is to say the total or partial remission before God of the temporal penalty incurred because of a sin already forgiven. From the first Crusade were born the Frankish Kingdoms of the Orient which, for two centuries, dominated the Orient. The impact of the Crusades on the West was colossal, whether economically, religiously, culturally, technically or even medically. Today, only a few paintings and sculptures recount this bitter episode in our history.

We know of the sculptor Julien Monier that he was active for a good twenty years between 1900 and 1920. He signed, and often dated, his works, some of which were published by the Susse house.He sculpted an astonishing Egyptian Dancer, in a very Art Deco style, and dated 1920. One of his most famous works, along with the Credo, is his Thinker which is reminiscent of that of Auguste Rodin (sculpted in 188 0, and enlarged to become monumental in 1904). These two works, the Credo and the Thinker were produced the same year, in 1904. A few busts of women, including an Ingénue, of a very classical style, bring a lighter and more classical touch to his work. There is also something surprising about him, both in his treatment and in his subject: the American Field Ambulance. This group depicts an American doctor supporting a wounded soldier. This extremely rare work is dated 1916 and located by its author in Wesserling (Alsace).

Price: 1 650 €
Artist: Julien Monier
Period: 20th century
Style: Other Style
Condition: Good condition

Material: Bronze
Length: 11.5
Height: 59
Depth: 13.5

Reference: 978420
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Credo - Julien Monier - Early 20th Century
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