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Statuette - Eve after the fall
  • Eve after the fall
    Carpeaux, Jean-Baptiste, born 1827 - died 1875
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Eve after the fall

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (cast)

  • Date:

    1873 (cast)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Carpeaux, Jean-Baptiste, born 1827 - died 1875 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Terracotta, cast

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Art Fund to the Tate Gallery and transferred to the V&A

  • Museum number:

    A.18-1984

  • Gallery location:

    Sculpture, Room 21, The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries, case 1

The French sculptor Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-75) was based in Paris but made the model for this cast terracotta in London in 1871. Versions in various materials were produced subsequently by his casting workshop, established in Paris in 1873. The production of cast terracotta sculpture increased during the 18th century and by the time this object was produced it had reached an industrial scale.

The marketing of the female form in such small-scale multiple sculptures involved an implicit eroticism characteristic of much French sculpture of this period. These erotic qualities were apparently acceptable in works produced for private or gallery contexts but provoked controversy when presented in large-scale public sculpture.

Physical description

Eve sits naked on a tree-trunk, a tendril trailing across her thigh. Her left leg is bent upwards, and she rests her forehead on her left knee, holding an apple in her left hand.

Place of Origin

Paris (cast)

Date

1873 (cast)

Artist/maker

Carpeaux, Jean-Baptiste, born 1827 - died 1875 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques

Terracotta, cast

Marks and inscriptions

'JBt Carpeaux 1873'
inscribed

'An eagle with outstretched wings and the words: 'Propriete Carpeaux'
stamped on the back of the base

Dimensions

Height: 36.5 cm, Weight: 3.12 kg

Object history note

The model for this cast terracotta was executed by Carpeaux in London in 1871 and versions in various materials were produced by his casting workshop, established in Paris in 1873.
Transferred from Tate Gallery in 1983.

Historical context note

The marketing of the female form in such small-scale multiple sculptures involved an implicit eroticism characteristic of much French sculpture of this period. These erotic qualities were apparently acceptable in works produced for private or gallery contexts but provoked controversy when presented in large-scale public sculpture.

Descriptive line

Statuette, terracotta, of Eve after the Fall, by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Paris, 1873

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Alley, R., Catalogue of the Tate Gallery, London, 1959, p. 26, no. 4199

Labels and date

'American and European Art and Design 1800-1900'

The model for this cast terracotta was executed by Carpeaux in London in 1871 and versions in various materials were produced by his casting workshop, established in Paris in 1873. The marketing of the female form in such small-scale multiple sculptures involved an implicit eroticism characteristic of much French sculpture of this period. These erotic qualities were apparently acceptable in works produced for private or gallery contexts but provoked controversy when presented in large-scale public sculpture. [1987-2006]
Carpeaux was based in Paris, but made the original model for this terracotta in London, during a visit in 1871. Small-scale, implicitly erotic sculptures were particularly popular in France, and later attracted the attention of British artists. [March 2007]

Materials

Terracotta

Techniques

Cast

Subjects depicted

Tree-trunk; Apple

Categories

Sculpture; Christianity; Religion

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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