Bourdelle modeled two monuments to famous French nineteenth-century sculptors, this one to Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827–75) and the other to Auguste Rodin (1840–1917).
Signature: On back of base: EMILE-ANTOINE BOURDELLE
Inscription: On back of base: JEAN-BAPTISTE / CARPEAUX / AU TRAVAIL
Marking: On left, rear of base: ALEXIS. RUDIER/ FONDEUR. PARIS (founder's mark of Alexis Rudier)
Alex and Eugène Rudier (until 1979; sale, Sotheby's, Monaco, November 25, 1979, no. 52; sold to Bruton Gallery); [ Bruton Gallery , Bruton, England ] ; Iris and B. Gerald Cantor , New York (until 1983; to MMA)