French Sculpture Census

photo credit : courtesy High Museum of Art, Atlanta
artist © : public domain

CARRIÈS, Jean
Lyon, Rhône 1855 - Paris 1894

Le Faune endormi
The Sleeping Faun

1885
plaster with brown patina

head
13 7/8 x 13 7/8 x 8 1/2

Acc. No. : 1997.236
Credit Line : Purchase with funds from Alfred Austell Thornton in memory of Leila Austell Thornton and Albert Edward Thornton, Sr., and Sarah Miller Venable and William Hoyt Venable and High Museum of Art Enhancement Fund

Atlanta, Georgia, High Museum of Art

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Provenance

  • Paris, Galerie Patrice Bellanger
  • 1997, Purchase with funds from Alfred Austell Thornton in memory of Leila Austell Thornton and Albert Edward Thornton, Sr., and Sarah Miller Venable and William Hoyt Venable and High Museum of Art Enhancement Fund

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, June 10, 2013

Comment



Museum's website, June 10, 2013:
The faun, a part-human, part-goat creature from Roman mythology, was a popular subject in late-nineteenth-century French art. This portrait of a sleeping faun emphasizes the furry, pointed ears that identify the satyr-like beast. It is one of about a dozen versions that Carriès produced in bronze, ceramic, and plaster. When seen in dim light, as the sculpture might have been displayed in a domestic setting, this fanciful creature looks startlingly lifelike.