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Music

Artist:
Henri-Michel-Antoine Chapu (French, Mée-sur-Seine, Seine-et-Marne 1833–1891 Paris)
Date:
ca. 1869
Culture:
French
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
Diameter: 12 5/8 in. (32.1 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Mrs. Sid R. Bass Gift, in honor of Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, and Rogers Fund, 2001
Accession Number:
2001.4
Not on view
Chapu was a Second Empire sculptor with rare lyric gifts. His young winged genius bows the violin before a cityscape that represents Thebes, whose walls were said to have been raised to the strains of Amphion's lyre; he is the diminutive figure at right. The imagery thus unites the harmonies of music and architecture. This is the model for one of six silvered bronze reliefs; allegories of the arts, that were destined for the drawing room of Chapu's architect friend, Paul Sédille; his Paris house in the Boulevard Magenta was completed in 1870.
Signature: Signed: Chapu

Inscription: Inscribed: au docteur Delechamps
[ Charles Janoray, LLC , New York, until 2001; sold to MMA ]
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