• Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929)

  • 22,3 x 17,8 cm
  • 1915
  • Fountain pen and brown ink, watercolour on vellum paper glued onto chamois paper
  • MB d. 5509
  • Paris, musée Bourdelle

In 1915, while he was staying in Montauban, Bourdelle worked diligently in various barracks in his home town, creating many studies of military costumes, horses and harnessing. His presence alongside soldiers during the First World War came as the act of patriotism of a man who had experienced the events of 1870 as a child. Having assembled a set of panels which he called Compositions de guerre 1914-1915 (War Compositions, 1914-1915), the sculptor directly used some of them in his Monument au général Alvear (Monument to General Alvear), an equestrian group inaugurated in Buenos Aires, in 1925.

Notice's author : Stéphane Ferrand