Bronze Dimensions with Marble Base: Height 16" X Width 6 1/2". Height without base: 14.5.
Bourgeois, winner of the Prix de Rome in 1863, showcased his artistic talent that same year with the creation and exhibition of the plaster version of "The Snake Charmer". Recognizing its appeal, Emperor Napoleon III (reigning from 1852 to 1870) commissioned a life-size bronze reproduction, which now stands proudly in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. This particular offered sculpture is a reduction of the original, reflecting the widespread popularity of Bourgeois' work.
"The Snake Charmer" holds significance in the art world as it embodies the ongoing debate within academic art, particularly the influence of the classical ideal. At the time, artists sought to push the boundaries of this ideal by representing individuals from diverse backgrounds, including Africans and people of color. Bourgeois' sculpture represents such an attempt to introduce diversity and cultural representation into the artistic narrative. The critical reception of this sculpture, as well as similar works, was a topic of discussion at the Salon of 1863. Critics, such as de Rialle, recognized the departure from academic conventions and applauded the introduction of ethnographic sculpture as a means of expanding the horizons of art.
Acquiring this reduction of "The Snake Charmer" offers the opportunity to appreciate Bourgeois' artistic vision and contribute to the dialogue surrounding diversity and inclusivity in art. The exhibition of this sculpture will not only serve as a testament to Bourgeois' talent but also enrich your collection with a stimulating piece that transcends the boundaries of the classical ideal. Paste the link into a browser window.
At the time, artists sought to push the boundaries of this ideal by representing individuals from diverse backgrounds. Increase your sales abroad with WebInterpret's global listing solution.