• Anonyme

  • 17 x 12,5 cm
  • June 1914
  • Matt aristotype with gelatine
  • MB Ph 219
  • Paris, musée Bourdelle

This photograph shows Antoine Bourdelle and two of his ‘praticiens’ moulding the clay model of the Centaure mourant (Dying Centaur), one of his most famous works. It gives an insight into the life of the studio and the work in progress (see the little sketches on the shelves). The wonderful height of this room, with a mezzanine offering an original view of the works, enabled the artist to create monumental sculptures. The studio has not changed much since then: the exhibition of his coffin in this room in 1929, at the foot of a large plaster copy of the Centaure (Centaur), undoubtedly helped to preserve the room’s atmosphere. Even now, the display of the artist’s collection of moulds, the long wooden table made by Bourdelle’s father, and the old turntables give a sacred feeling to the place. Open to the public from the outset – friends, collectors, photographers – this studio-sanctuary still moves visitors, who are introduced to the intimacy of creation.

Notice's author : Stéphanie Cantarutti