French Sculpture Census

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PRÉAULT, Antoine-Augustin, called Auguste
Paris 1809 - Paris 1879

Maker: Barbedienne

Rouvière dans le rôle de Hamlet
The Actor Rouvière in the Rôle of Hamlet recoiling before the Ghost

modeled in 1866
bronze

relief
20 1/2 x 24 1/4
founder's mark lower left corner, inscribed in model, heightened in finishing: F. BARBEDIENNE FONDEUR
dated lower right corner, inscribed in model, heightened in finishing: 1866
inscribed in the lower right corner: DALOU

Acc. No. : 1972.2
Credit Line : Rogers Fund, 1972

New York, New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Provenance

  • early 1960's, New York, art market
  • New York, Shepherd Gallery
  • 1972, Purchase, Rogers Fund

Bibliography

  • 1881 Montrosier
    Eugène Montrosier, "Auguste Préault", Galerie contemporaine artistique, vol. V, pt. 2, 1881, n.p. (rapid sketch of the monument)
  • 1897 Jouin
    Henry Jouin, "La sculpture dans les cimetières de Paris", Nouvelles archives de l'art français, 1897, XIII, p. 192
  • 1902 Inventaire
    Inventaire général des richesses d'art de la France: Paris, Monuments civils, vol. III, Paris, Ministère de l'instruction publique et des beaux-arts, 1902, p. 300/116
  • 1920 Locquin
    Jean Locquin, "Un grand statuaire romantique. Auguste Préault. 1809-1879", La Renaissance de l'art français et des industries de luxe, vol. III, 1920, p. 460
  • 1973 Millard
    Western European Bronzes of the Nineteenth Century, New York, Shepherd Gallery, 1973, no. 20, ill., entry by Charles Millard
  • 1975 Metropolitan
    Notable acquisitions, 1965-1975, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1975, p. 244, ill.
  • 1997 Le Normand-Romain
    "Catalogue raisonné", in Auguste Préault, sculpteur romantique, 1809-1879, cat. exp., Paris, Gallimard / Réunion des musées nationaux, n° 146 p. 218-219, notice par Antoinette Le Normand-Romain

Exhibition

  • 1973 New York
    Western European Bronzes of the Nineteenth Century, New York, Shepherd Gallery, 1973, no. 20, ill., entry by Charles Millard
  • 1975 New York
    Patterns of collecting, 1965-1975, New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1975, no cat. no.
  • 1980-1981 Los Angeles/Minneapolis/Detroit/Indianapolis
    The Romantics to Rodin. French Nineteenth-Century Sculpture from North American Collections, Organized and edited by Peter Fusco & Horst W. Janson, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, March 4-May 25, 1980; The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, June 25-September 21, 1980; The Detroit Institute of Arts, October 27, 1980-January 4, 1981; Indianapolis Museum of Art, February 22-April 29, 1981, cat. no. 188, entry by Charles W. Millard

Related Works

An apparently identical bronze relief signed A. Préault was used on the funerary monument of Rouvière at the Cemetery of Montmartre, Paris.
The inscription refering to Dalou on the Museum's example is spurious.