Paul-Albert Bartholomé -Young Nude Girl Crying -Original Bronze Sculpture-c.1900s
Petite Fille Pleurant -French Patinated Bronze sculpture -Signed - foundry mark stamped and numbered
Size 20 by 30.5cm., 7 7/8 by 12in.
(1848 - 1928)
Albert Bartholome was active/lived in France.He is known for sculpture
Paul-Albert Bartholomé was also a French painter and sculptor. He was born on 29 August 1848 in Thiverval-Grignon, Yvelines, France, and died in 1928 in Paris. He won the Grand Prize for sculpture at the Exposition Universelle in 1900. He exhibited paintings at the Salon from 1879 to 1886, but thereafter devoted his work to sculpture.He studied law and fought in the Franco-Prussian War in General Bourbaki's army and became a prisoner in Switzerland. In due course he attended the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris where he studied painting under Barthélemy Menn and Jean-Léon Jérôme. He then set himself up in a studio in Paris and became a close friend of Edgar Degas. He married the daughter of a marquis, Prospérie de Fleury, but she died at a young age in 1887.Much encouraged by Degas he decided to try his hand at sculpture and executed the moving sculpture which marked his wife's grave in Crépy-en-Valois. He now concentrated exclusively on sculpture and from 1891 onwards he exhibited each year at the yearly Salon of the Société nationale des Beaux-arts. Funerary sculpture was very much in vogue in France at that time and much of Bartholomé's is death related and his masterpiece is the monument in Père Lachaise Cemetery dedicated to all the dead.He was to work on this for ten years and the inauguration took place in 1899. The "Monument the Dead" is disturbing and involves twenty one larger than life size figures all showing different emotions and reactions to death. There is little sentiment in this composition which is uncompromising, secular and human, although there is an inference that a "light" will defeat the darkness, with the inscription:"Upon those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned".
As a painter he was said to be influenced by Jules Bastien-Lepage
"Originally a painter, Bartholomé took up sculpture after the death of his wife in 1887. He is best known for his figures of mourning female nudes, mostly taken from his central oeuvre, the Monument aux morts in the Pierre Lachaise cemetery in Paris. Although this model was an independent study, it relates to one of the figures of a grieving girl to the right of the monument. In his obituary of the artist, published in Le Figaro in 1928, Arsène Alexandre praised the 'simplicity of silhouette and sobriety of expression' in Bartholomé's work.
Bartholomé's Petite fille pleurant was exhibited in marble at the Salon in 1893. The Salon marble is now in the Hermitage Museum, St Petersberg. A bronze cast is in the Musée d'Orsay, and an unusual limestone version, purchased from the artist, is in the Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen.
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Excellent - Minor wear consistent with age and history
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