"Bust Of Diana By Alexandre Falguière (1831-1900)"Bronze sculpture with dark patina on a cherry red marble pedestal.
Signed "A. Falguière" on the shoulder. Stamp of the founder "Thiébaut Frères, Fumière et Gavignot successeurs". Stamp used between 1898 and 1905.
Total height: 23,2 in
Born in the city of Toulouse, Alexandre Falguière shows very young artistic capacities which open to him, from 1854, the doors of the School of Fine Arts in Paris where he follows the teaching of François Jouffroy.
He won the Prix de Rome in 1859 and achieved, during his stay at the Villa Medicis, the Vainqueur au combat de coqs(1864) which at the end of the century was a great commercial success.
He created many busts of famous men such as those of Gambetta, Balzac, Pasteur, Gounod, Lamartine, etc…
Falguière is part of the "néo-Florentine school of Toulouse" alongside Antonin Mercié, Paul Dubois and Laurent Marqueste by claiming a Quattrocento lineage.
His nudes, departing from the neo-classical canons of the time, have a realistic aspect. His Diana the huntress, presented at the 1884 salon, is a very sensual representation of the goddess of the hunt. The sculptor will use the portrait in the form of a bust for the edition, a bust which will be very successful until the beginning of the 20th century.