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The Arab Falconer On Horseback - Pj Mene 1810-1879
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"The Arab Falconer On Horseback - Pj Mene 1810-1879"
Signature on the terrace: PJ MENE Stamp of the founder: Susse Frères Editors The bronze is complete Weight: 9.6 kilos Exhibitions and Salons Original wax, Salon of Paris of 1873, under the number 1794 Exposition Universelle of Vienne, 1873 (original wax) First model in bronze, Salon of 1874 Exhibition of the Society of Friends of the Arts of Reims, 1878, bronze model Universal Exhibition of Paris, 1889 Centenary Exhibition of French Art, Paris, 1900, model in silvered bronze Master of animal sculpture with Antoine-Louis Barye, and a little before Emmanuel Frémiet, he has nonetheless produced two sculptures with Hispanic theme: the Matador and a Picador on horseback. Inspired by his trip to the Iberian Peninsula, in Portugal but especially in Spain, and without a doubt by Georges Bizet's comic opera, which was given for the first time on March 3, 1875 at the Opera-Garnier. If the public, shocked by Carmen, sulphurous and fickle woman, Piotr Illich Tchaikovsky, Johannes Brahms and Camille Saint-Saens greeted unconditionally the genius of Georges Bizet, the Russian composer even prophesying that "in 10 years, Carmen will be the 'most famous opera from all over the planet'. Alas, Georges Bizet will never verify it. He died on June 3, 1875, after only thirty performances of his opera, whose success was just beginning to reveal itself ... Pierre-Jules Mêne was born in Paris, and worked very early in the paternal workshop, specializing in chandeliers . At the age of 22, he married Hortense Caroline Monnereau a year younger and decided to stand on his own. He is attracted by sculpture, and enters the workshop of wood sculptor René Compaire. Thus, without having decided it, he specializes in animal sculpture. He exhibited at the Salons from 1838, and until his death, there met an incontestable success. However, he was considered more of a decorator than a true artist, because his sculptures, very numerous, were edited by himself and then widely disseminated. This mercantile aspect discouraged the Institution, but assured the fortunes of the sculptor and his family. On May 3, 1879, Hortense Mêne died after a long illness. Pierre-Jules, not knowing how to live without his companion of more than fifty years, makes his last breath a few days later, May 20 ... The work: the Arab Falconer Horse In 1873, the notoriety of Pierre-Jules Mene was more to do, and largely based on the excellence of his animal sculptures. The artist was keen to prove that he was able to carve other themes than hunting animals. He succeeds fully in his demonstration. The Mounted Falconer's group had immediate success. The composition, elegant, vigorous and a movement that reflects the ardor retained and the finesse of the control of both the falconer's mount and hawk. Edited by the Maison Susse in a golden patina, our group is one of the rare products by the Susse Brothers at the beginning of the 20th century, the passion for the bronzes of Pierre-Jules Mêne, dead for more than 20 years, having passed . Most editions of this era are essentially orders. To go further Michel POLETTI; Alain RICHARME Pierre-Jules Mene Catalog raisonné UDB, Paris 1993, 238 pages, ill., Pp. 38-39 Stéphane RICHEMOND The Orientalists, Dictionary of Sculptors, 19th-20th centuries The Editions of the Amateur, Paris 2008, 222 pages and illustrations. pp.153-155 COPYRIGHT Lestresorsdegamaliel.com
Price:4600 €
Artist : Pierre-jules Mene 1810-1879
Period:20th century
Condition : Bon état

Material : Bronze
Length: 47.50
Height : 49.50
Depth : 20
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