BRONZE SCULPTURE "PEGASUS CARRYING THE POET TO THE REGIONS OF DREAMS" WITH BROWN PATINA
Important edition in bronze with brown patina representing "Pegasus carrying the poet towards the regions of the dream" also called "Apollo on Pegasus" after a model of Jean Alexandre Falguière. It depicts a young beardless naked man, riding bareback on Pegasus, the winged horse, flying above the globe. The turtle-shell lyre in his left hand indicates that he is a poet. The whole piece rests on a round base made of sea green Marble. The work is signed A.Falguière on the terrace and bears the founder's stamp "FUMIERE". This sculpture is part of the neo-Florentine style of 19th century classicism with references to the Renaissance, in particular to the male figures of the sculptor Donatello and classical inspiration of the subject.
Jean Alexandre Joseph FALGUIERE (1831-1900) was a French sculptor and pupil of Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse and François Jouffroy. In 1859, he won the first Grand Prix de Rome for sculpture, enabling him to continue his studies at the Villa Médicis. He was then appointed professor at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he taught a number of artists, most famously Antoine Bourdelle. His reputation won him numerous public commissions for monuments: the monument to Balzac to replace Rodin's rejected one, the monument to Gambetta and the monument to La Fayette now in Washington. Since 1895, the Fumière et Gavignot foundry has been an art foundry working at 32 rue Guersant. It took over from Thiébault & frères, one of the leading bronze casting workshops of the second half of the 19th century. They produced many monumental works for Falguière, including "Apollon sur Pégase".
Late 19th century
Dim: W:45cm, D:71cm, H:84cm.
Size of marble base: 40cm x 8 cm
Condition report: In good condition.