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    Sale 7569

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    19 March 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 39

    A FRENCH BRONZE GROUP ENTITLED 'GENIE DE LA DANSE'

    CAST FROM A MODEL BY JEAN-BAPTISTE CARPEAUX, THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

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    A FRENCH BRONZE GROUP ENTITLED 'GENIE DE LA DANSE'
    CAST FROM A MODEL BY JEAN-BAPTISTE CARPEAUX, THIRD QUARTER 19TH CENTURY
    The naturalistic base signed Carpeaux and with Propriété Carpeaux foundry cachet
    33 3/8 in. (84.7 cm.) high


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    In 1865, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux was commissioned to model one of the four monumental reliefs for the façade of Charles Garnier's Opéra in Paris. The allegorical group depicting the Spirit or Genius of Dance surrounding by dancing bacchantes and a putto was completed four years later. Carpeaux's masterpiece met with strong criticism as the dancing figures, in particular the fleshy bacchantes, were deemed far too suggestive for a public monument. The outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War stilled the controversy and the relief remained on the façade of the building until 1964 when it was removed to the Louvre owing to the general deterioration of the surface.

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