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, a student of Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse and François Jouffroy. In 1859, he won the first Grand Prix de Rome at sculpture , which allowed him to continue his studies at the Villa Medici. He was then appointed professor at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and became the teacher of many artists, the most famous of whom was Antoine Bourdelle. His fame brought him many public commissions for monuments: a monument to Balzac to replace the one rejected by Rodin, a monument to Gambetta and the monument to La Fayette now in Washington. The Fumière et Gavignot foundry is an art foundry working from 1895 at 32 rue Guersant. It took over the company Thiébault & frères, one of the largest foundry workshops of bronze in the second half of the 19th century. They made many monumental works for Falguière, including "Apollo on Pegasus".
Late 19th century
Dim: W:45cm, D:71cm, H:84cm.
Size of the base in Marble: 40cm x 8 cm
Condition report: In good general condition.