Vercingetorix on Horseback or Statue of a Gallic Chief XIX° Century by Emmanuel Fremiet
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Catégorie : Bronze
Bronze with medal patina, on marble base, signed.
In 1862, Emmanuel Fremiet received the commission for a figure of a Gallic Chief. Despite his historical and archaeological research, the representation he gives of it is far from reality.
This equestrian statue of a Gallic warrior was made by this sculptor, also author of the statue of Joan of Arc in the rue des Pyramides, in Paris. This is the first attempt at a historical reconstruction of the armament of a Gaul from the time of the conquest of Gaul, established from excavation objects. In reality, the objects are mainly borrowed from the period of the end of the Bronze Age, nearly a millennium before the time of Vercingetorix. Nevertheless, Fremiet created the immediately identifiable silhouette of the Gaul, with his large mustaches, helmet and cuirass, which we still recognize today.
To know the history of the work read the notice of the Dijon museum
Who is Emmanuel Frémiet?
A French sculptor born in Montrouge on December 6, 18242 and died in Paris on September 10, 1910.
His most famous works are the Gorilla abducting a woman (1887) today in Nantes, the St-Michel slaying the dragon (1897) from Mont-St-Michel, the Joan of Arc (1874) from Paris, the Monument to Ferdinand de Lesseps (1899) from Port-Saïd today in Port-Fouad, the Du Guesclin (1902) from Dinan, the Elephant trapped (1878) today in front of the Musée d’Orsay and its many animal subjects .
Alongside his monumental works commissioned by the state, he was recognized as an excellent realistic animal sculptor. Emmanuel Frémiet devoted himself particularly to equestrian statues. Nephew of the sculptor Rude, he was the stepfather of the musician Gabriel Fauré.
H 42 cm