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"Art Nouveau Dish By Victor Rousseau"
Bronze Art Nouveau By Victor Rousseau Patinated bronze dish in medium relief representing a man and a woman in the waves. Signed Rousseau and stamped "Bronze guaranteed with Paris title". In excellent condition. Very nice collector's item. Shipping: France 30 Euros Europe 40 Euros Rest of the world: contact us BIOGRAPHY Victor Rousseau was born in 1865 in Feluy, a father's house planted on a granite bench dominated by open-air quarries. It was there, in the company of his grandfather and his maternal uncle, that little Victor made his debut as a stonemason, before being hired by the contractors of the Brussels courthouse whose erection - pharaonic - is entrusted to the architect Joseph Poelaert. He will spend seven years on these scaffolds, while following, in the evening, the drawing lessons of the ornamental sculptor Georges Houtstont in his workshops of Saint-Josse-ten-Noode and those of Charles Van der Stappen at the Academy of Fine Arts. from Brussels. In 1890, the Godecharle Prize distinguished an artist with a bright future. Above all, it enabled him to financially support a two-year stay in Paris (where he was struck by the works of Rodin, but above all by Art Nouveau) and a trip to London where he retained, at the British Museum, the perfection of forms. classics of Greek art, before discovering, in Italy, the masterpieces of the Renaissance. Forging his own aesthetic, Victor Rousseau will construct an original work that is totally outside the spirit of his time. Alongside Constantin Meunier and Léon Mignon, representatives of reality, Victor Rousseau becomes a “sculptor of souls”. Professor of sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels (1901-1919), director of the said Academy (1919-1922, 1931-1935), he exhibited his works at the Charleroi Exhibition in 1911. Grand Prix de Rome 1911, Grand Prix des arts plastic (1931) and Prix des Amis du Hainaut 1935, he can be seen in the naiads and tritons which adorn, since 1905, the Pont de Fragnée in Liège, in the angels of the monument intended for César Franck (exhibition of Brussels, 1925), in the main courtyard of the former Château de Mariemont (Vers la Vie). Refugee in England between 1914 and 1919, he produced the Memorial in Gratitude there in London. If we travel further, the Christ on the cross of the cathedral of Oviedor retains the gaze; there are also many “Victor Rousseau” in much smaller formats, in bronze, plaster, terracotta, or on charcoal drawings and watercolors. Eugène Ysaye and Fernand Severin were entitled to their bust. When the works of Victor Rousseau began to be known, the debate on the existence and characteristics of Walloon art was in full swing. Very quickly, those who theorize Walloon art saw in Rousseau the representative par excellence of their definition. His works therefore seem revealing of the Walloon temperament when they impose themselves at the same time by their formal beauty, by their sentimentality and by the cerebral suggestion which they induce, by this intellectuality in the simplicity which would be one of the characteristics of the Walloon art. In his Letter to the King, the esthete Jules Destrée observes a “striking” relationship between Jacques Du Broeucq and Victor Rousseau. Assuming all the praise, Victor Rousseau will gladly accept to be celebrated as “Walloon sculptor. His workshop was located rue des Alliés 170 in Forest. Victor Rousseau passed away on March 17, 1954 and is buried in the Forest cemetery. From this frail and sad-looking artist, we will remember the sculptures, drawings and pastels, the grace and the femininity of these busts of young bourgeois women, their vibrant and slender bodies. The curious will stop in front of Le feu and Le vent, two large-format groups that adorn the Maison des boulangers at the Grand-Place in Brussels or La femme à la coquille and the white marble bust of Eugène Ysaÿeau Musée des Beaux-Arts de Liège. In front of an important decoration in the hotel Solvay of Victor Horta or again, like all the recognized sculptors, a participation in the birth of the various buildings of the Cinquantenaire. Without forgetting the Henry Le Bœuf memorial in the entrance hall of the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels as well as the bas-relief at the corner of the facade of the Hotel Hannon designed by architect Jules Brunfaut, still in Brussels.
Price : 850 €
Artist : Victor Rousseau
Period:20th Century
Style:Art Nouveau
Condition : Excellent

Material : Bronze
Length: 38 centimètres
Width : 32 centimètres

Reference : 768194
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