Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Flora, 1873. Marble.
Around thirty sculptures from the collections of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen will feature in the first exhibition to be dedicated to the theme of the pose in nineteenth-century French sculpture.
The general concept of the exhibition looks at the pose through sculptures from the two collections, grouping together related pieces and reflecting on standard poses that were tackled by French artists in the early stages of their training. This approach is also intended to reveal the way in which the nine artists represented in the exhibition adopted and adapted certain poses in their creations, sometimes distancing – themselves from the prevailing canons, sometimes taking a personal path based on academic learning.
The proposed theme will be expressed through five distinct groups of works, in which the omnipresent human figure, sometimes inspired by Classical mythology and sometimes taking on a realist or intimate dimension that is evident in the very nature of the works (small plaster studies are shown alongside final versions), will provide visitors with the opportunity to discover timeless sculptures produced in France between the end of the eighteenth and the beginning of the twentieth century.
This touring exhibition, to take place in Lisbon and Copenhagen, will bring together a number of major artists, including Jean-Antoine Houdon, Aimé-Jules Dalou, Paul Dubois, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Edgar Degas, Denys-Pierre Puech and, of course, Auguste Rodin, through a perhaps unexpected selection of works assembled during the lifetimes of two great twentieth-century art collectors: Carl Jacobsen (1842-1914) and Calouste Sarkis Gulbenkian (1869-1955).
(Photo courtesy of Calouste Gulbenkian Museum.)