BRONZE SCULPTURE, "MUSE DES BOIS", AFTER HENRI-LOUIS LEVASSEUR
bronze sculpture with patina medal called"Muse des bois" after a model of Henri-Louis Levasseur. It represents a young woman dressed in a tight drape revealing her forms. She is wearing a crown of oak leaves and her hair is tied behind her back. In her left hand, she holds an antique lyre made from a turtle shell and goat horns. Her right arm stretched in the air indicates that she is singing. The work is signed "A. Levasseur" on the Terrace and a cartouche overflowing on the foot titles "Muse des bois par LEVASSEUR Hors concours". The Muses are the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne. They preside over the liberal arts. Since antiquity, they inspire artists as mediators between the gods and creators. The muse presented here is probably Erato, goddess of lyrical poetry who can be recognized by her lyre. The lyre is also an instrument linked to the god Apollo, often accompanied by the muses.
Henri Louis Levasseur (1853-1934) was a French sculptor, a student of Augustin-Alexandre Dumont, Jules Thomas and Eugène Delaplanche. Many of his works were awarded at the Salon des Artistes Français and the Universal Exhibitions of 1889 and 1900.
Late 19th century
Condition Report: In good overall condition. light wear.
Dimension of base: W: 26 cm; D: 26 cm