Clytie by F L Virieux

Clytie by F L Virieux
  • François Louis Virieux Bronze Clytie
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An inspiring Art Nouveau bronze study of the beautiful nymph Clytie, reclining on a rock and gazing with unrequited love in her eyes at the Sun God Apollo as he travels across the sky on his daily journey. The bronze with a rich deep black and green patina and very fine hand chased detail, signed F Virieux and with raised title to the fore.

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£ 3,850

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Bronzes, Sculptors and Founders, 1800 ~ 1930 by Berman



Clytie was a name given to a number of figures in Greek mythology. However, the best known character with that name was an Oceanid.

As an Oceanid, a water nymph, she was the daughter of the Titans Oceanus and Tethys. She was the lover of the sun god Helios, who eventually deserted her to pursue Leucothea, daughter of Orchamus. Clytie was enraged and told Orchamus about the love affair. He sentenced his daughter to death by burying her alive.  She thought that the death of Leucothea would make Helios return back to her, but it only made him think even less of her. In the end, she lay herself naked for nine days on the rocks, simply staring at the sun, without drinking or eating anything. On the ninth day, she was transformed into a sunflower, which turns towards the direction of the sun.

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