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  • Le Petit Palais - Stone fragment of a door post for an ancient abbey, 15th century, also known as the soul of old stones - petitpalais.paris.fr
    Press Corporate Partners Newsletter Stone fragment of a door post for an ancient abbey 15th century also known as the soul of old stones Emile Derré Paris 1867 Nice 1938 1895 Salt glazed stoneware made by Janin and Guérineau in Paris 0 55 x 0 35 m The sculptor Emile Derré was born in Montmartre An anarchist and Dreyfusard he is best known today for his decoration on Parisian façades This stoneware tile produced by a company specialising in architectural ceramics is an example of the artists early work This model or single version no stone version having been found was exhibited at the Salon de la Société des Artistes Français in 1895 with the title Stone fragment of a door pillar for an ancient abbey 15th century marking his admiration for the art of the Middle Ages When it was exhibited again at the Universal Exhibition in 1900 it bore the Symbolist title The soul of old stones The material shape plastic treatment and initial title hark back to the unfinished masterpiece by Jean Carriès the Monumental Door enamelled stoneware fragments of which were exhibited as a posthumous tribute at the National Fine Art Salon in the spring of 1895 The figure of the old beggar woman is in the miserabilist naturalist vein of the late 19th century a trend which is well represented in the City of Paris collections The Petit Palais already owns a work by Derré in the form of a monumental vase from the Sèvres factory acquired in 1931 Marks Inscriptions Hall marks Signed and dated bottom left DERRE 1895 Studio stamp on the back A JANIN GUERINEAU 172 avenue de Choisy PARIS Inventory number PPS03785 Inventory number PPS03785 Acquisition details Acquired on the Paris art market in 2009 Roll your mouse over the exhibit

    Original URL path: http://petitpalais.paris.fr/en/collections/stone-fragment-a-door-post-ancient-abbey-15th-century-also-known-soul-old-stones (2015-11-09)
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  • Le Petit Palais - Portrait of Carriès - petitpalais.paris.fr
    17th century Renaissance The Western Christian World 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 Portrait of Carriès Émile Grittel Strasbourg 1870 Clichy 1953 1894 Wax H 44 5 Marks Inscriptions Hall marks Signed G Grittel Inventory number SDUT1954 Inventory

    Original URL path: http://petitpalais.paris.fr/en/collections/20/portrait-carries (2015-11-09)
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  • Le Petit Palais - Venus victrix - petitpalais.paris.fr
    In 1 click Students Researchers Disabled visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter Venus victrix Pierre Auguste Renoir and Richard Guino Pierre Auguste Renoir Limoges 1841 Cagnes sur Mer 1919 and Richard Guino Girone 1890 Antony 1973 1916 Bronze 181 x 111 x 78 cm Renoir took an intermittent in sculpture but it was allegedly a meeting with Maillol in 1907 which led him to take up modelling again at the end of his life In 1913 Ambroise Vollard his official dealer suggested he employ Richard Guino a young sculptor studying under Maillol to assist him Their collaboration lasted five years with Renoir crippled by rheumatism dashing down sketches on paper Guino modelling them under the direction of the master who waved or pointed a stick to express the necessary changes to the sculpture and Vollard producing the works in bronze Venus victrix created between 1914 and 1916 illustrates the triumph of the goddess of love over her rivals Minerva and Juno She is holding the apple given to her by the shepherd Paris the sole judge of the beauty contest whilst uncovering herself in a gesture reminiscent of some of the many versions of the Birth of Venus The style of classical antiquity echoes Renoir s final phase Like Maillol Bourdelle or Picasso during the same period he turned to Greco Roman models in what came to be known as return to the style combining realism and idealism This is evident in the streamlined silhouette of Venus her soft measured movements smooth surface and the curves of her body Venus victrix is a bather rather than a conquering Venus like those to be found in Renoir s paintings They all celebrate the female body with the same ample forms and modestly lowered eyes However the three dimensional medium of bronze in

    Original URL path: http://petitpalais.paris.fr/en/collections/venus-victrix (2015-11-09)
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  • Le Petit Palais - Portrait of Charles Girault - 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 Portrait of Charles Girault Denys Puech Gavernac 1854 Rodez 1942 Paris 1920 Terracotta 60 x 33 x 30 Marks Inscriptions Hall marks Sur le socle face A mon grand confrère et ami

    Original URL path: http://petitpalais.paris.fr/en/collections/20/portrait-charles-girault (2015-11-09)
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  • Le Petit Palais - Male Torso - petitpalais.paris.fr
    1887 Bronze 60 x 30 x 25 cm In 1887 or thereabouts when looking round his studio Rodin was excited to come across an abandoned study for the big plaster Saint John the Baptist that he exhibited at the Salon of 1880 a man s torso fissured cracked and incomplete To preserve its almost archaeological beauty this great lover of antique works had a mould and a very fine cast made of it These are presented here The patina artist clearly sensed Rodin s unique view of this piece to the point of giving it the appearance of an antique fragment the greenish patina plays on the nuances that we see in the bronze statues found during archaeological digs In 1900 Rodin gave new life to the Torso he created a plaster proof which he assembled with a pair of legs also a study for Saint John the Baptist thus creating the revolutionary Walking Man This truncated statue in movement without a head or arms was presented during the same year at the Alma Pavilion an exhibition venue separate from the Universal Exposition where Rodin displayed the results of his most recent pursuits Going beyond its elliptical audacity the Walking

    Original URL path: http://petitpalais.paris.fr/en/collections/male-torso (2015-11-09)
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  • Le Petit Palais - Aetas Aurea (The Golden Age) - petitpalais.paris.fr
    Aurea The Golden Age Medardo Rosso Turin Italie 1858 Milan Italie 1928 1885 Wax 60 x 37 x 25 cm An Italian sculptor who came to Paris to work in 1884 and settled there in 1889 frequenting Rodin and Carrière Medardo Rosso was a most unusual artist He was unusual in his taste for wax in his choice of subjects and in his treatment of surfaces He is the only sculptor to be connected with Impressionism as his work conveys the notion of something glimpsed indistinctly Post 1906 he struggled to find a new approach in his work This strange piece is thought to represent the artist s wife embracing their young son The technical execution is typical of Rosso s work he poured liquid wax into the hollow of a plaster mould doubtless created from a clay original The wax shell thus formed was reinforced with plaster and a metal stem added so that it could be hung vertically as Rosso intended it to be viewed The marks of workmanship such as seams and drips are deliberately left visible which was a highly innovative approach for the period The scene is difficult to read and is a long way

    Original URL path: http://petitpalais.paris.fr/en/collections/aetas-aurea-golden-age (2015-11-09)
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  • Le Petit Palais - Greek revival vase - petitpalais.paris.fr
    acid gold highlights 42 x 24 cm This amphora shaped vase without handles clearly illustrates the virtuosity of Baccarat thanks to the new acid engraving procedure recently developed by the chemist Kessler The bacchanalia patterns Bacchus in a chariot pulled by two tigers on one side Ariadne in a carriage drawn by two horses on the other stand out in pink on a white background in the style of an antique cameo Between the main subjects is a frieze of palmettes and scrolls providing a beautiful decorative effect In the 19th century Baccarat Crystal was the leading glass producer in France Despite competition from foreign firms it won the grand medal of honour at the Universal Expositions in 1855 and 1867 Commentators at the Exposition in 1867 even considered French crystal to be superior to English crystal in terms of the diversity of products variety and good taste of the shapes The acquisition of this vase other copies of which exist at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk and the Musée d Orsay in Paris in blue crystal on a white background completes the Petit Palais collection of glass works which includes many items from the Art Nouveau period but few

    Original URL path: http://petitpalais.paris.fr/en/collections/greek-revival-vase (2015-11-09)
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  • Le Petit Palais - Compote dish. Rousseau dinner service - petitpalais.paris.fr
    Donors Museum map Information resource center In 1 click Students Researchers Disabled visitors Press Corporate Partners Newsletter Compote dish Rousseau dinner service Félix Bracquemond Paris 1833 Paris 1914 Eugène Rousseau Paris 1827 Paris 1890 Creil and Montereau factory Earthenware 8 x 28 cm For the Rousseau dinner service Bracquemond etched a large number of plant bird and animal designs assembled onto twenty eight plates These plates were then printed and transferred onto paper The different designs were cut out and applied directly to the earthenware The decoration was then coloured by workers at the pottery according to instructions provided by Bracquemond The patterns of decoration mostly take the form of groups of three a main subject and two associated smaller subjects The shape of the dish attributed to the designer Eugène Rousseau is more traditional and is inspired by Rococo patterns copied from 18th century porcelain The sides of the dish have moulded ornamentation and blue painted decoration The originality of this dinner service which combines 18th century shapes with Japanese inspired decoration immediately attracted attention In his account of the International Exhibition held in London in 1871 Mallarmé paid tribute to this admirable and unique dinner service decorated by

    Original URL path: http://petitpalais.paris.fr/en/collections/compote-dish-rousseau-dinner-service (2015-11-09)
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