French Sculpture Census

photo credit : Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
artist © : public domain

BESNARD, Charlotte, née DUBRAY
Paris 1854 - Paris 1931

Maker: Muller, Emile

Cérès (ou Perséphone)
Ceres (or Persephone)

1892, cast in 1895
polychrome stoneware

relief
29 1/8 x 25 3/16 x 15 3/4
on the lower right: Charlotte Besnard 1892
E. MULLER 1895

Acc. No. : 1998.401
Credit Line : In memory of John F. Paramino, Boston Sculptor

Boston, Massachusetts, Museum of Fine Arts

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Provenance

  • The sculpture came from the descendants of the Besnard family
  • 1998, Paris, Galerie Elstir sold it to the MFA

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, 24 February 2012 and 20 March 2012
  • 1892 SNBA
    SNBA, Catalogue illustré, Paris, 1892, p. 218, repr. (plâtre polychrome)
  • 1892 Pottier
    Edmond Pottier, "Les Salons de 1892, La Sculpture - les Arts industriels", Gazette des Beaux-Arts, 1892, II, p.5
  • 1893 Geffroy
    Gustave Geffroy, "Salons de 1892 au Champ de Mars, La Sculpture et les Objets d'Art", La Vie Artistique, II, 1893, p. 337-346
  • 1897 Colleville
    Vicomte de Colleville, "Le Salon de la Libre Esthétique à Bruxelles", La Plume, 1897, no. 190, p. 189
  • 1903 Besnard
    Albert Besnard, "Mme Besnard - La femme artiste, ce qu'en pensent le monde et les hommes", L'Art Décoratif, Février 1903, no. 53, p. 41-50, p. 47, repr.

Exhibition

  • 1897 Bruxelles
    Salon de la Libre Esthétique, Bruxelles, 1897

Related Works

Polychrome plaster exhibited at the Salon de la Soociété nationale des Beaux-Arts in 1892, Paris.

Comment



Museum's file, Department Art of Europe, 1998:
A polychrome plaster version of this sculpture was exhibited at the Salon du Champs de Mars in 1892. The casting of the present sculpture in stoneware was done by E. Muller and firing by Albert-Louis Dammouse in his studio at Sevres in 1895.
This example of ceramic sculpture from the late nineteenth century reflects the influence of both the architectural sculpture of Carrier-Belleuse and the sculpture of Rodin. It is an original use of polychromy in ceramic sculpture with a striking contrast between the matte surfaces of the skin and the brilliant colored enamels on the hair, wheat and bower of fruit.