The 19th century in Europe was a prolific time for sculpture, seeing ideas and tastes develop from Neoclassiscm to Romanticism and  the Belle Èpoque

  • Au But (To the Goal), c.1890

    by Alfred Boucher

    This superb sculpture, Au But, is one of Alfred Boucher’s best-known models, depicting three athletes in the last desperate moments of a race, each stretching a hand forward to touch the finishing line. Boucher exhibited the model for the first time at the Salon of 1886 and it proved an instant hit with critics and public alike. The sculpture was awarded a first class medal and the State commissioned a life-size bronze version to be exhibited at the Salon in 1887 and then placed in the Luxembourg Gardens, where it remained until it was destroyed during Nazi occupation. DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 26.8 x 40.2 x 18.1 ins/ 68.1 x 102.1 x 46.0 cm MEDIUM: Bronze SIGNATURE: Inscribed 'A. BOUCHER' and 'F. BARBEDIENNE Fondeur Paris' (on the base)  
  • Etalon

    by Isidore Bonheur

    Isidore Jules Bonheur (Bordeaux 15 May 1827 – 10 November 1901 Paris), best known as one of the 19th century's most distinguished French animalier sculptors. Bonheur began his career as an artist working with his elder sister Rosa Bonheur in the studio of their father, drawing instructor Raymond Bonheur. Initially working as a painter, Isidore Jules Bonheur made his Salon debut in 1848. DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 32.0 x 38.0 x 9.0 cm/12.6 x 15.0 x 3.5 ins SIGNATURE: Signed on the base MEDIUM: Bronze with brown patina
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