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Bust Esclave De Carpeaux in Ivory

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Bust Esclave De Carpeaux in Ivory

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Pourquoi naître esclave (Why born a slave)

"Obsessed with faithful representations of human movement, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875) sculpted his slave at an angle in order to express revolt."

Pourquoi naître esclave (Why born a slave) is the name given by sculptor & painter Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875) to the busts he created in 1870. At the heights of his career, Carpeaux was commissioned by the city of Paris to design the Fontaine de l'Observatoire and slightly modified the theme imposed on him – the four cardinal points – by replacing them with allegoric characters personifying Europe, Africa, Asia and America. While he was working on the representation of Africa, he came up with the idea of the bust of the Négresse Captive. Obsessed with faithful representations of human movement, he sculpted his slave at an angle in order to express revolt.

  • Height: 35cm
  • Colour: Ivory
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