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House of Art
10.00–18.00

Émil-Antoine Bourdelle / Head of a Warrior

(1895−1900)

In addition to the monumental works he also created many sculptures and reliefs such as the Head of a Warrior dating from the period 1895−1900. It is typical of his work and suggests a classical stela discovered beneath the detritus of time, while also being a modern concise dynamic that radiates energy through the simplicity of the lines. Bourdelle introduced a new concept of sculpture, achieving the expressivity of his works through simplied geo- metrical principles. Crucial for the evolution of modern sculpture was his interest in the public function of the sculpture and its distinctive and equal status in architecture.

BOURDELLE ÉMILE–ANTOINE

Bourdelle was born at Montauban in France. In 1876 he won a scholarship to study at the École des Beaux−Arts in Toulouse. In 1893 he was engaged as an assistant in the studio of Auguste Rodin.His first monumental works include his Monument to the Fighters and Defenders of Tarn−et−Garonne that commemorates local resistance in the years 1870−1871 during the Prusso−French war. Bourdelle’s design was not favourably received, but he was awarded the commission in 1897 after Rodin interceded. The resultant work reflected an emerging social interest in monuments to the fallen and became an model for the modern war memorial. In 1909 he created one of his key sculptures Hercules the Archer that was a tribute to classical Greek sculpture. In 1913 he created for the Théâtre des Champs−Élysées reliefs representing the Muses, freely based on classical sculpture and enlivened by strikingly concise expression of movement. Typical of his oeuvre was a striving to revive monumental sculpture on the model of Ancient Greece and early mediaeval sculpture. Bourdelle regarded himself as a mediaeval craftsman.
The Hradec Králové Master / The Virgin Mary with SS Barbara and Catherine

The Hradec Králové Master / The Virgin Mary with SS Barbara and Catherine

around 1490
Marco Bello / The Holy Family with the John the Baptist as a Child and St Roch

Marco Bello / The Holy Family with the John the Baptist as a Child and St Roch

(1st decade of the 16th century)
Hans von Aachen / Job in Misfortune

Hans von Aachen / Job in Misfortune

(pre-1600)
Domenico Fetti / Adonis

Domenico Fetti / Adonis

(post 1613)
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