Nature Unveiling Her Secrets to Science

Nature Unveiling Her Secrets to Science
  • Art Nouveau Louis Ernest Barrias Bronze Sculpture Nature Unveiling Herself Before Science
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A fabulous Art Nouveau late 19th Century French bronze figure of a seductively draped naked beauty representing, in allegorical form, Mother Nature revealing her secrets to Science, a fitting theme for the late nineteenth century. The interest in nature literally apparent in the work of the Barbizon school and the Impressionists is here portrayed in the symbolic manner favoured by Salon sculptors. The erotic overtones of the figure’s pose and the richly contrasting multi-hued tones of the bronze patina are characteristic of the opulent taste of the late nineteenth century, while the flowing linear patterns of her drapery and the curving diaphanous outline of her figure suggest the sinuous forms of Art Nouveau. Nature is personified as a young woman ‘revealing’ her bare breasts from the draped shawl under which she still bears an intriguing modesty, emerging as if from a cocoon. The bronze is signed E Barrias and has the pastille seal and engraved mark for the Susse Frères Foundry in Paris.

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£ 16,500

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Bronzes of the 19th Century by Pierre Kjellberg

Provenance: Christies, King Street Lot 237 ~ 29th April 2010 – price realised £ 18,750

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