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African Female Mask - Item #300

$ 240.00

african-female-flat-white

 

12 Inches High x 12 Inches Wide x 7 Inches Deep

The mask is based on the African figure from the fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens known as "The Four Parts of the World Supporting the Heavenly Sphere" or "The Four Parts of the World Holding the Celestial Sphere" (c. 1872). In 1868, while doing his studies for the fountain, Carpeaux created the bust and exhibited it with the inscription "Why be born a slave." A marble or bronze bust was exhibited at the Salon in 1869 and was purchased by Emperor Napoleon III and placed in the Chateau de Saint-Cloud. Carpeaux recreated the piece many times using different materials.

 

Artist: Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux

Museum/Location: Plaster model of fountain in Musée d'Orsay, Paris, and Luxembourg Gardens, Paris

Origin: "The Four Parts of the World Supporting the Heavenly Sphere" fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens, Paris

Time Period: Romanticism

1911 Catalog ID # - 13540

 

Sources:

"Black Images at Orsay Museum." Soul of America,  http://www.soulofamerica.com/international/paris/black-images-at-orsay-museum/.

De Margerie, Laure. "Fountain of the Observatory." The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, edited by James David Draper and Edouard Papet, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2014, pp. 156-167.

"The Four Parts of the World Holding the Celestial Sphere." Google Arts & Culture, https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/u/0/asset/the-four-parts-of-the-world-holding-the-celestial-sphere/qgGzFxDGdkQbXA?hl=en.

"Napoleon III," Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Napoleon_III.