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A FRENCH GILT-BRONZE, LAPIS LAZULI AND WHITE MARBLE FIGURE, ENTITLED 'LA NATURE SE DEVOILANT DEVANT LA SCIENCE' (NATURE REVEALING HERSELF BEFORE SCIENCE)
A FRENCH GILT-BRONZE, LAPIS LAZULI AND WHITE MARBLE FIGURE, ENTITLED 'LA NATURE SE DEVOILANT DEVANT LA SCIENCE' (NATURE REVEALING HERSELF BEFORE SCIENCE)
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A FRENCH GILT-BRONZE, LAPIS LAZULI AND WHITE MARBLE FIGURE, ENTITLED 'LA NATURE SE DEVOILANT DEVANT LA SCIENCE' (NATURE REVEALING HERSELF BEFORE SCIENCE)

CAST BY SUSSE FRERES, PARIS, FROM THE MODEL BY LOUIS-ERNEST BARRIAS, CIRCA 1900

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A FRENCH GILT-BRONZE, LAPIS LAZULI AND WHITE MARBLE FIGURE, ENTITLED 'LA NATURE SE DEVOILANT DEVANT LA SCIENCE' (NATURE REVEALING HERSELF BEFORE SCIENCE)
CAST BY SUSSE FRERES, PARIS, FROM THE MODEL BY LOUIS-ERNEST BARRIAS, CIRCA 1900
Signed E. Barrias and Susse Frs Edts, with further Susse foundry cachet, raised on a variegated marble plinth
28¾ in. (73 cm.) high

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This exquisite allegorical figure was first exhibited at the 1893 Paris Salon and acquired by the École de Médecine in Bordeaux. Barrias re-worked the model slightly, but maintained the depiction of Nature as a voluptuous woman slowly unfastening her robe. Barrias often had the figure enriched with a variety of materials and patinas, as in the present example, adding to the sense of opulence typical of the fin-de-siècle.

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