Purchase, Mrs. Sid R. Bass Gift, in honor of Mrs. Charles Wrightsman, and Rogers Fund, 2001
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 ]