Venus and the Sphinx

Auguste Préault French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 555

Like much of the sculpture of the Romantic movement in French art, Préault's work was rejected from the Paris Salons throughout the 1830s and 1840s. Official recognition came after the Revolution of 1848. This plaster group is the working model for the commission of 1867 for the imperial palace at Fontainbleau.

Venus and the Sphinx, Auguste Préault (French, Paris 1809–1879 Paris), Tinted plaster, French, Paris

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