Thursday, February 1, 2018

The male sculptures of Bordeaux Girondins monument & fountains

The Girondins monument and double fountain in the center of Bordeaux (Quinconces) is filled with 34 bronze sculptures. You will discover here some of the male characters of this famous landmark, built between 1894 and 1902, and full of Republican symbols, by the architect Victor Rich, and the sculptors Alphonse Jean Dumilatre and Felix Charpentier.

The monument is dedicated to the 'Girondins' who died defending the Republican values, after the French Revolution, against the 'Montagnards'. For more details on the project history and context, see the links indicated at the end.

Photo Alain Barré
The fountain facing the Theatre shows the Republican victory. Among the figures, this blacksmith, looking toward the justice, and symbol of Work.

Photo Alain Barré
Next to him, two groups of three kids, one symbolizing the compulsory school, and the others the mandatory military service.

Photo Titou du Pian
Below, three male figures seem falling, they are the Ignorance (on the right), the Vice (center) and the Lie (on the left, with his mask), showing the obstacles for a society that want to enlighten his people, promoting education and knowledge.

Photo Alain Barré

On the other side, the fountain facing the gardens, called the 'Triomphe de la Concorde' (Peace victory) you can admire the Fraternity, illustrated by the company of a worker and a bourgeois, and other sculptures displaying happiness, and several kids (one with a sculptor hammer, one with a music instrument, one with a painting brush, another on a barrel, ...).


Bordeaux Découvertes
Sud Ouest
Mes grains de sel blog
Ma plume fee dans paris
Alain Barre

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Rene Lalique : archers & male athletes

Rene Lalique is a famous French glass designer, and jewellery designer. Several pieces are glass sculptures depicting male figures, on vases, doors, medallions, perfume bottles, and radiator caps for cars.

His exquisite jewellery was very much influenced by the the nature, fauna and flora, in the Art Nouveau style, like birds, insects like Dragonfly. He worked for Cartier and Boucheron. Later on, after the first war, he produced magnificent Art Deco large glass decoration, like for the Normandie luxury yacht (first class dining room), or the Orient Express train.

Orient Express panel (detail)
Athletes was one of his theme, as you can see on this 'Palestre' vase below done in 1928. In the biography from Félix Marcilhak (book cover on this post) you can read that Lalique wanted to express the beauty of these males, but also in the spirit of the Greeks, show their courage and wisdow.

He also created glass doors with athletes for the French clothes designer Jacques Doucet home in Paris.

And for the Wanamaker's store in Philadephia.

His passion was the glass. And to create beauty. Always with the highest quality. He had a workshop Place Vendome in Paris, created many glass objects for hospitals & drugstores (through a glass factory he transformed). He built his own glass factory in 1921 in Alsace (where the current Lalique Museum is located). This allowed him to distribute his creations to a larger audience, making them more affordable. He invented several techniques and process to work with glass, giving different finishes, or transparencies.
Lalique biography by Félix Marcilak
And linked to the athletes, you can admire a few pieces with archers as well, like on this radiator cap below from 1926.

Or on this vase from 1921, that was declined in several versions or colors, with archers looking for large birds.

For the International Exhibition in Paris, in 1937, with 44 countries participating, he created this medallion in glass, displaying 2 nude males holding their hands.

The year he died (1945) and was buried in the Paris Père Lachaise cemetery, his son started to work with cristal.

And it is with cristal that the Elton John Aids Foundation and Lalique worked together to raise funds, creating first a large lost wax original glass sculpture 'Angel' and some other pieces to be sold at a special auction in 2016, before to produce a limited serie available today.



Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Chronos - Christophe Charbonnel

Yesterday, October 23, the bronze sculpture from Christophe Charbonnel named 'Chronos' was auctioned at Rennes Enchères (Me Jezequel).

The sculpture is numbered 2/4, was casted in 2006, and measure 108 x 24 x 30 cm.
The auction result is 23.400 euros.

Two other originals can be seen at the Hotel Ritz in Paris, and at the Terre Blanche Hotel Spa Resort.

We have previously posted other sculptures from this talented French sculptor. You can see it here.

Rennes Enchères
Galerie Bayart

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

David Wynne - The River God Tyne

The Romans believed each river had a God, to protect the people living around. This bronze sculpture, fixed on the outside wall, was achieved in 1968 for the opening of the Civic Center in Newcastle (UK).

There is a fountain as well, coming from one hand. It represents one of the 8 rivers that used to be sculpted in 1786, on the Strand front of Somerset House in London.

David Wynne is a British sculptor, born in 1926, who died 3 years ago, in 2014, who sculpted many portraits, figures and animals, like dolphins and large birds. He used to serve in the Navy, and had a keen interest in Zoology.

Photo Philmp68.

Newcastle collection
See Newcastle
Miller creation
List of works by David Wynne

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The Spirit of American Youth

'The Spirit of American Youth Rising from the Waves', actually, as is the full title of this sculpture. It shows an 'American youth with arms outstretched and looking towards the sky. His legs and feet are curved back together as his curved body appears rising from the waves below'.

This nude bronze was casted in Milan, Italy (Battaglia foundry), and has an impressive height of 6.7 meters. It is the main statue of the American cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer also called Omaha beach, in Normandy.

The sculptor is Donald Harcourt De Lue, born in Boston in 1897 and known for numerous monuments. He studied arts in Boston, then in Paris for five years. He teached at the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design in New York around 1940. He died in 1988 in New Jersey. We may come back to this American sculptor's general work in another post.

Two copies exist, one half-size is in the courtyard, outside the First Infantry Division Museum, Cantigny Park, Wheaton near Chicago.

 And another one in a Mall in Glensdale, 18 feet high, covered with gold-leaf.

Colleville-sur-mer American cemetery wwii
Booklet about the Memorial