Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (French, 1824-1887): A large antique bronze figure entitled ´La Cigale´, depicting a young half-nacked girl playing a mandolin, leaning against a balustrade ,with a marble pedestal, upper mounted with bronze , signed on the site of base : A. CARRIER BELLEUSE, 84 cm high.Notable French sculptor,original name in full Albert-Ernest Carrier de Belleuse, born June 12, 1824, Anizy-le-Château, Aisne, France died June 3, 1887, Sèvres. In his time, the sculptor was famous for the wide range of his work—from sober monuments to domestic ornaments (torchères and tabletop elements). He won critical acclaim and state patronage for such monuments as his marble Messiah of 1867 and triggered heated debate with his figures of voluptuous women at the Salon, such as Angélique. A master of anatomy and characterization, he was a highly sought-after portraitist. He also was a major force behind the establishment in the early 1860s ...
Literature: Thieme/Becker "Allgemeines Lexikon der bildenden Künstler von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart"; E.Benezit "Dictionnaire des peintres , sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs",Gründ, 1999.
Inscription: signed on the left site of base.
Technique: bronze with marble base. dark brown patina.
Measurements: 33 " ( 84 cm)
Condition: in good condition.