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Romantic Sculpture Under Louis-Philippe

A Few Discoveries

From May 28th to July 4th 

  • Mon – Fr : 10h – 17h30
  • Sat : 14h – 18h


152 Boulevard Haussmann
75008 Paris

Tél : 01 47 42 47 34

At odds with the Empire’s Neoclassicist tradition, the new spirit of Romanticism swept over Paris-based sculptors from 1830 to the 1848 Revolution. This exhibition presents a group of sculptures in bronze, terracotta, plaster and marble by various artists who left their mark on the art of this period: from Augustin Dumont to Auguste-Hyacinthe Debay, Jean-Marie Bonnassieux, Henri de Triqueti, Hippolyte Maindron and David d’Angers.

On the occasion of this exhibition we present a new, unpublished, group of sculptures, some of which are attributed to Antonin Moine. Known mainly for his statuettes in Renaissance or medieval costume, he is a perfect representative of the troubadour taste alongside his more famous contemporaries such as Félicie de Fauveau, who skilfully linked sculpture and the decorative arts. Somewhat neglected by critics and historiographers alike, Antonin Moine nevertheless appears to be the ultimate romantic artist because of the difficulties he experienced in finding sponsors, but above all because of his tragic death, which was recounted and regretted  by Victor Hugo, who was close to the artistic milieu of this period, and who devoted three pages to it in his book Choses Vues. We hope that replacing this ensemble of sculptures, faithful to Moine’s spirit and manner, like Laura and Petrarch, the Lady with a Falcon and the Olifant Player, will contribute to putting this long-forgotten artist back at the heart of conversations. 

Among this selection, are also included artworks exhibited at the Salon, like Edouard Dubufe’s portrait in an oriental costume by his wife, Juliette Dubufe (née Zimmermann), Salon of 1842, the Young Traveller at the Thermopylae Burial Mound by Jean-Baptiste Paul Cabet, 1844, Antoine Etex’s Leda, 1861, or the gracious Seated Lady by Molknecht, 1838. 

Antoine Etex  – Léda and the Swan – 1835

Juliette Dubufe (born Zimmermann) –  Portrait of Edouard Dubufe in Oriental Costume – 1842

Augustin-Alexandre Dumont –Portrait of a Young Roman Maiden also called Portrait of Rosine – 1869

Other works are to be included in a more neoclassical tradition like Pradier’s Crouching Venus inspired by antique models, or Portrait of Rosine by Augustin Dumont, besotted with his model whom he met during his stay in Rome and who delivers, with this sculpture, a fascinating portrait between neoclassicism and realism. As for the Recumbent Statue of the duchesse de Luynes by Jean-Marie Bonnassieux, it refers more specifically to Ingres’ influence on the art of his time. 


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