• Anonymous

  • 6,3 x 9 cm
  • Circa 1900
  • Contact print of a negative on a nitrocellulose film base
  • MB PV 2018
  • Paris, musée Bourdelle

This negative on a nitrocellulose film base belongs to a set of over two hundred pictures, taken circa 1901 in Brussels at the sculptor Jef Lambeaux’s studio. They were taken prior to the creation of the bronze statue Monument aux Combattants et Défenseurs du Tarn-et-Garonne de 1870-1871 (Monument to the Fighters and Defenders of Tarn-et-Garonne of 1870-1871), by the Petermann foundry in Brussels. Commissioned by the Town of Montauban in 1895, the monument was finally erected in 1902 in the sculptor’s home town. In this amazing image, the artist is literally captured “at the heart” of his work. The extraordinary scene created by Bourdelle uses the whiteness of the plaster and the dramatic lighting, echoing the expressionist shaping of the figures.


Notice's author : Stéphanie Cantarutti