James PRADIER (1790-1852) The toilet of... - Lot 10 - Crait + Müller

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James PRADIER (1790-1852) The toilet of... - Lot 10 - Crait + Müller
James PRADIER (1790-1852) The toilet of Atalante Bronze with a brown patina. Model created 1847-1850. Signed Pradier on the terrace. Patina wears. H. 24 cm high. LITERATURE AT RAPPORT : Claude Lapaire, James Pradier and the French sculpture of the Romantic generation. Catalogue raisonné, Milan-Lausanne, 2010, p. 364 to 366, model listed under n°306. WORK IN RAPPORT : James Pradier, La toilette d'Atalante, 1848-1859, exhibited at the Salon de 1850, marble, H. 97.5 cm, Paris, Musée du Louvre, n°inv ML 136. These two works perfectly illustrate the talent of James Pradier, the famous sculptor of the July Monarchy, who, throughout his career, successfully met the expectations of the Salon, the commissions he received and the tastes of Parisian society at the time. The Woman putting on her stocking and the Toilet of Atalanta are thus cast in bronze, following their presentation at the Salon in a marble version. The success of these works is ensured by the choice of subjects. The female figure is predominant in Pradier's repertoire and often finds an echo in Antiquity. La Femme mettant son bas thus skillfully takes up the pose of the Shooter of Thorns, adapting it to the female body and making the scene voluptuous and sensual. For the Atalante Toilet, exhibited in marble at the 1850 Salon, Pradier exploits the graceful position and voluptuous curves of the crouching Venus. It departs from the tradition, which usually represents Atalante in a race. Indeed, the young woman surpassed the most agile men and was only to give herself to the one who would defeat her. Venus elaborates a ploy so that Hippomenes can win this course : he throws three golden apples that the Arcadian princess picks up during her race and loses. Thus, Atalanta is no longer in this dynamic attitude, but presents herself to the spectators in a sensual and erotic pose that questions the Parisiens : is this Atalanta or a
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