“Le penseur” by PICAULT Emile Louis (Paris 1833-1915)
Beautiful bronze entitled “Le penseur” with brown patina. The man sitting on a rock, having the attitude of a thinker, his holding a large plaque with the inscription “C’est sur les hauts sommets que le penseur médite” (It is on the high peaks that the thinker meditates). An eagle is overlooking the scene while spreading his wings to fly. Signed on the terrace. Marked for the bronzes of Paris.
Size: H 73cm – base 24cm x 20cm
French School, of the late 19th century.
Lit: Picault, prolific sculptor has been very successful with his allegories, patriotic subjects and other heroic figures. He presented his works regularly at the Salon from 1863. He used many different foundries for casting his sculptures, all of which were exhibited as bronzes, many being cast by Susse Freres, Houdebine, and Colin. Bronzes by Picault feature in the collections of the Museum of Chambery, ‘Le Semur d’Ides’; The Museum of Clemont Ferrard, ‘Hebe’ and The Museum of Mauberge, ‘Le Devoir’.
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