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MAZIÈRE, Simon

Pontoise, Val-d'Oise 1655 - ? 1722

Pomone

Pomona

1699

polychromed terracotta

statuette

Dimensions (HxWxD): H. 12 34 in.

Acc. No.: 62.981

Credit Line: H. E. Bolles Fund

Photo credit: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

© Artist : public domain


Provenance

  • By 1962, Paris, Madame Bella Hein (Madame R. Hein)
  • 1962, November 14, sold by Madame Hein to the MFA, H. E. Bolles Fund

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, 28 February 2012 and 20 March 2012

Exhibitions

  • 1965, Wellesley
    Baroque Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Wellesley, Jewett Arts Center, Wellesley College, March, 1965

Comment

  • Museum's file, November 14, 1962, Hanns Swarzenski:
    Completed and painted models for the monumental statues of the palaces and gardens of the "Grand Siècle de Versailles" have survived even less frequently than the more spontaneously modelled sketches in wax and clay - the so-called Bozetti. [This] little masterpiece of great artistic charm and robust sensitivity, made by Mazière, one of the many sculptors who worked for Marly, Mendon, and Versailles, is highly representative of the new French style that under the direction of Poussin broke away from the mechanical reproduction of classical models and the rhetorical violence of Berninesque conventions in favor of restrained movement and self-contained rhythm.