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  • Le Petit Palais - Seated female nude with her left hand on her head. Study for The Mediterranean - petitpalais.paris.fr
    Collection Manuscrits et livres Base de données des oeuvres The Tour Donors Museum map Information resource center In 1 click Students Researchers Disabled visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter Seated female nude with her left hand on her head Study for The Mediterranean Aristide Maillol Banyuls sur Mer 1861 Perpignan 1944 Between 1900 and 1902 Terracotta 17 x 20 x 9 cm Maillol a painter by training was a self taught sculptor who came to sculpture via woodcarving He made many clay models throughout his career Like his sculptures they were preliminary stages of his major works This particular work is very similar to the artist s first large figure The Mediterranean which found favour at the Autumn Salon of 1905 These little figurines constitute a repertoire of shapes to which he returned endlessly The simplicity of these terracotta statuettes is quite remarkable in the context of the early 20th century Maillol treats the female body like a relationship of masses in an abstract spatial construction His statuettes appeal to enthusiasts including the donor in this instance Jacques Zoubaloff and decorative arts dealers principally Ambroise Vollard who produced bronze versions of some of them Donor testator or seller Donated by Jacques

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  • Le Petit Palais - The Struggle for Life vase - petitpalais.paris.fr
    Researchers Disabled visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter The Struggle for Life vase Louis Robert Carrier Belleuse Paris 1848 Paris 1913 1894 1895 Earthenware 42 x 42 cm With the inclusion of the Titans Jardinière and the Children s Dance vase the Petit Palais now owns three vases from the Choisy le Roi factory whose brilliant virtuoso pieces are so poorly represented in French collections Around the base rapturous putti and chubby cheeked mocking babies emerge from ragged edged thistle leaves and head upwards towards the neck of the vase in a swirling movement The consummate mastery of the difficult technique of paste on paste allows the ceramicist to vary the effects created by relief and surfaces His knowledge of colour enables him to combine and blend the most unusual tones pale pinks and anaemic greens The Choisy le Roi factory played important role in 19th century decorative ceramics It drew on the skills of talented artists such as Chaplet Dammouse Albert Ernest and Louis Robert Carrier Belleuse and received many awards at Universal Exhibitions Louis Robert Carrier Belleuse trained both as a sculptor and painter under his father and Cabanel He displayed an early interest in the industrial arts taking

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  • Le Petit Palais - Les Halles - petitpalais.paris.fr
    The Eastern Christian World The Classical World Graphic Arts Photographic Collection Manuscrits et livres Base de données des oeuvres The Tour Donors Museum map Information resource center In 1 click Students Researchers Disabled visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter Les Halles Léon Lhermitte Mont Saint Père 1844 Paris 1925 1895 Oil on canvas 404 x 635 cm Marks Inscriptions Hall marks Signed and dated bottom right L Lhermitte 1895 Inventory number

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  • Le Petit Palais - The Death of Emperor Commodus - petitpalais.paris.fr
    Classical World Graphic Arts Photographic Collection Manuscrits et livres Base de données des oeuvres The Tour Donors Museum map Information resource center In 1 click Students Researchers Disabled visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter The Death of Emperor Commodus Fernand Pelez Paris 1848 Paris 1913 1879 Oil on canvas glued on cardboard 58 x 37 5 cm This work is an exemplary illustration of a single subject depicted in a variety of formats a custom inherited from the academic tradition A very complete sketch or replica aimed at the private market The Death of Emperor Commodus is a faithful copy of the large painting exhibited at the Salon in 1879 The evocation of the tragic but trivial end of the Emperor a despot assassinated on the orders of his mistress Marcia can be interpreted in the context of the consolidation of the Republican regime and as a denunciation of the impasses of the Roman autocracy This terrible yet edifying subject was rewarded at the Salon with a 2nd class medal and was purchased by the State for Béziers Museum When painting a small format replica Pelez was keen to introduce a number of minute variations In another version in a very similar format H 61 x W 40 cm which went on sale to the public in Drouot in 1992 Marcia s henchman is black The Death of Emperor Commodus combined a Pompeian décor in the neo Greek style and a fight scene treated in a more realistic way Pelez s contemporaries did not fail to point out this irruption of realism in the treatment of the figures and found it amusing that the model for the strangler in charge of executing Commodus was a former fairground wrestler who was well known in the studios of Montmartre Marks Inscriptions Hall marks

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  • Le Petit Palais - Ambroise Vollard in a Red Scarf - petitpalais.paris.fr
    Red Scarf Pierre Auguste Renoir Limoges 1841 Cagnes 1919 Circa 1899 Oil on canvas 30 x 25 cm Renoir depicted his art dealer Ambroise Vollard 1865 1939 in a perfect profile dressed in a brown wool cloth suit with his head curiously covered by a scarf tied at the back of the neck a reminder of this Creole giant s youth spent on Reunion Island An influential figure in artistic life at the turn of the 10th century Vollard launched Cézanne s career and organised the first personal exhibitions of Van Gogh Picasso and Matisse in his gallery on Rue Laffitte A publisher and collector as well as a dealer he favoured direct contact with artists whom he would invite to memorable dinners in the basement of his gallery I posed a number of times Ambroise Vollard starts a short chapter of Memoirs of a Picture Dealer 1937 entitled My portraits with these words Vollard shares a few anecdotes with his readers and describes sitting for various painters who painted his portrait With Cézanne who painted the first one in 1899 silence was essential and Vollard had to sit balanced precariously on a stool perched on a platform and had to be as motionless as an apple on a pedestal table With Renoir the atmosphere was more relaxed and he could talk and even move Bonnard who was aware of Vollard s tendency to fall asleep when posing placed a small cat on his lap to keep him awake Other artists from the gallery on Rue Laffitte would also engage in this exercise for instance Louis Valtat Pablo Picasso Émile Bernard Jean Louis Forain Raoul Dufy and Georges Rouault The history of Vollard s portraits is interwoven with the pictorial revolution that was taking place in the capital at the

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  • Le Petit Palais - My Portrait - petitpalais.paris.fr
    1887 1888 Virgin wax on plaster core 125 x 67 x 60 cm Jean Carriès produced this self portrait in wax at the age of about 32 He is just as his friends describe him fierce facial traits a sombre gaze tools in hand felt hat permanently on his head Wax was one of his favourite materials The Petit Palais has the good fortune to have kept six of his spectacular waxworks Few sculptors of his time dared to use this material on such a scale for a completed work The pattern of slits which is so clearly visible is in fact due to the material s age The wax is dyed partly stamped in a mould partly modelled and fixed onto a plaster and oakum core or covers a base made of curved wood To make this highly realistic work Carriès had casts taken of hands maybe his own his torso with a smock and arms which he undoubtedly reused here But at the same time this is also a dream portrait The artist is surrounded by the things that had meaning for him a death mask called Carriès Mother a fantasy figure reminiscent of the imaginary busts he

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  • Le Petit Palais - Two-handled vase - petitpalais.paris.fr
    oeuvres The Tour Donors Museum map Information resource center In 1 click Students Researchers Disabled visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter Two handled vase Emile Gallé Nancy 1846 Nancy 1904 1896 Crystal blown in several layers inclusions cabochons and applied handles 35 x 16 cm This two handled vase with lily and daisy decorations was a private commission In March 1896 Comtesse Henri Greffulhe née Elisabeth de Caraman Chimay asked Gallé to design a vase as a gift for Princess Marguerite de Chartres who was marrying the Duc de Magenta The cousin of the countess the poet Robert de Montesquiou composed a special quatrain to be etched onto the side of the vase The item shown here is Study IV for the final vase and was exhibited in 1897 at the Salon de la Société des Beaux Arts Several copies of some of Gallé s one off pieces were produced to reduce the risks and losses which could take place during the production process The relatively simple shape of the vase inspired by ancient Greek ceramics contrasts with the rich lily and daisy decoration which provide a visual echo of the Princess of Chartres first name The gold dust inclusions and

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  • Le Petit Palais - Silence or Immortality - petitpalais.paris.fr
    Christian World The Classical World Graphic Arts Photographic Collection Manuscrits et livres Base de données des oeuvres The Tour Donors Museum map Information resource center In 1 click Students Researchers Disabled visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter Silence or Immortality Georges Henri Lemaire Bailly Oise 1853 Paris 1914 Lapis lazuli agate jasper opal and gold 51 x 13 x 10 cm The Petit Palais owns an important cameo Autumn by Georges Lemaire a sculptor and engraver of precious stones and two statuettes one representing Etienne Marcel and the other Silence The latter two works demonstrate Lemaire s taste for semi precious stones which he liked to select and combine The iconography of Silence has links with Symbolist art From Burne Jones to Khnopff turn of the century artists excelled at depicting pale slender untouchable women as allegories for mystery and secrecy The full frontal pose of the model is further accentuated by the stylised lines of her clothing the steadiness of her self absorbed gaze and the strange movements of her hands which are clasping a crown of laurels making this display object a fascinating icon a femme fatale cum priestess of an unknown cult Inventory number OGAL00125 Inventory number OGAL00125

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