CLODION, Claude Michel (1738-1814)Faun or satyr and a nymph

Bronze sculpture with marble pedestal. Not fixed on the pedestal. Height: c. 43 cm; width: c. 22 cm (all measurements including pedestal). Weight: 10,150 kg. Pedestal with small missing marble fragment, otherwise in good condition. Signed.

This very interesting bronze sculpture depicts a lively scene of Bacchanalia, where a nymph or Bacchante joyously rides atop a faun or satyr. Both figures are depicted in a state of blissful abandon, their naked forms exuding a sense of uninhibited revelry. The nymph, with flowing hair cascading down her back, is gracefully seated upon the back of the faun. With one hand, she delicately grasps one of the satyr’s horns. Throughout the sculpture, clusters of grapes adorn various parts, serving as a visual motif that further reinforces the theme of Bacchanalia. The composition captures the essence of Bacchanalia, evoking a sense of merriment, freedom, and uninhibited celebration through the beautiful depiction of the mythological creatures. || Claude-Michel Clodion was a French sculptor from the Lorraine region. From a young age, Clodion displayed talent and potential in the art of sculpture, being part of the esteemed Adam family of sculptors alongside his brothers Sigisbert François and Pierre Joseph Michel. He quickly earned the nickname „Clodion“ to distinguish him from his elder brother. Clodion’s artistic journey began with formal training at the Royal Academy of Painting and Sculpture in Paris, studying under the guidance of Jean-Baptiste Pigalle. His exceptional skills were evident when he won the first prize in sculpture with his bas-relief depicting Absalom slaying his brother Amnon. In 1762, Clodion received a coveted opportunity to study in Rome, where he flourished creatively and developed his distinctive style. During his time in Rome, he produced exquisite terracotta sculptures, earning recognition and admiration from art enthusiasts. Upon returning to France, Clodion’s career soared, especially after the accession of Louis XVI in 1774. He became sought after by affluent patrons and prestigious projects, including commissions for architectural embellishments and decorative sculptures. Notably, Clodion received his first royal commission for a portrait of Montesquieu, marking the beginning of his association with significant public projects. Despite the challenges posed by the French Revolution, Clodion continued to create remarkable works, showcasing his versatility and mastery of the art form.

EUR 1.900,-