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Statuette - Neapolitan musician
  • Neapolitan musician
    Duret, François-Joseph, born 1804 - died 1865
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Neapolitan musician

  • Object:

    Statuette

  • Place of origin:

    Paris (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1855 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Duret, François-Joseph, born 1804 - died 1865 (sculptor)
    Barbedienne, Ferdinand, born 1810 - died 1892 (founder (metalworker))

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast bronze

  • Museum number:

    2700-1856

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Duret’s original large bronze, first exhibited at the Salon of 1839, was shown in the Exposition Universelle of 1855, where the present bronze reduction by Barbedienne was purchased. The original was bought by the Louvre in 1858. It was one of the most important early Romantic sculptures.

This cast, using Collas' mechanical reduction method, reproduces the large bronze shown at the Paris Salon in 1839. Although the vine leaves in the youth's hair connect with a sculptural tradition of Bacchic themes, the figure is more an illustration of contemporary Neapolitan street life.

Sculptures of this kind became popular with figures shown by Duret and Rude in the 1833 Salon said to be based on 'models from the social class closest to nature', and described as 'the protestations of two sensitive artists...against the glacial dreams of the ideal'.

Physical description

Statuette, bronze, of a young Neapolitan musician, with vine leaves in his hair, playing a stringed instrument.

Place of Origin

Paris (made)

Date

ca. 1855 (made)

Artist/maker

Duret, François-Joseph, born 1804 - died 1865 (sculptor)
Barbedienne, Ferdinand, born 1810 - died 1892 (founder (metalworker))

Materials and Techniques

Cast bronze

Dimensions

Height: 56.5 cm, Width: 20 cm, Depth: 25 cm

Object history note

Duret’s original large bronze, first exhibited at the Salon of 1839, was shown in the Exposition Universelle of 1855, where the present bronze reduction by Barbedienne was purchased. The original was bought by the Louvre in 1858. It was one of the most important early Romantic sculptures.

This cast, using Collas' mechanical reduction method, reproduces the large bronze shown at the Paris Salon in 1839. Although the vine leaves in the youth's hair connect with a sculptural tradition of Bacchic themes, the figure is more an illustration of contemporary Neapolitan street life.

Historical context note

Sculptures of this kind became popular with figures shown by Duret and Rude in the 1833 Salon said to be based on 'models from the social class closest to nature', and described as 'the protestations of two sensitive artists...against the glacial dreams of the ideal'.

Descriptive line

Statuette, bronze, of a Neapolitan musician playing a stringed instrument; François-Joseph Duret, France (Paris), ca. 1855

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

Inventory of Art Objects Acquired in the Year 1856. In: Inventory of the Objects in the Art Division of the Museum at South Kensington, Arranged According to the Dates of their Acquisition. Vol I. London: Printed by George E. Eyre and William Spottiswoode for H.M.S.O., 1868, p. 50.
Avery, C. "From David d'Angers to Rodin - Britain's national collection of French nineteenth-century sculpture". In: The Connoisseur, April 1972, vol. 179, no. 722, p. 234, fig. 4.

Labels and date

'American and European Art and Design 1800-1900'

This cast, using Collas' mechanical reduction method, reproduces the large bronze shown at the Paris Salon in 1839. Although the vine leaves in the youth's hair connect with a sculptural tradition of Bacchic themes, the figure is more an illustration of contemporary Neapolitan street life. Such sculptures became popular with figures shown by Duret and Rude in the 1833 Salon said to be based on 'models from the social class closest to nature', and described as 'the protestations of two sensitive artists ... against the glacial dreams of the ideal'. [1987-2006]

Production Note

Smaller reproduction of the large bronze shown at the Paris Salon in 1839

Materials

Bronze

Techniques

Cast

Subjects depicted

Musicians; Men; Musical instruments; Vines

Categories

Sculpture

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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