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BOURDELLE, Émile-Antoine

Montauban, Tarn-et-Garonne 1861 - Le Vésinet, Yvelines 1929

Maker: Susse

Guerre ou Figures hurlantes

Howling Figures

1899

bronze

head

Dimensions (HxWxD): 36 34 x 31 14 x 25 14 in.

signed with artist's symbol back proper LR [lower right?] as it attaches to base
below artist's symbol: By Bourdelle
inscribed at back bottom of base: Susse Fondeur, Paris 112 [1/12?]

Acc. No.: 1980.61

Credit Line: Gift of the Mary S. and Louis S. Myers Family Collection

© Artist:


Provenance

  • 1980, Acquired by Mary S. and Louis S. Myers, Akron, Ohio, from Rhodia Dufet-Bourdelle, daughter of the sculptor
  • 1980, December 15, Gift to Akron Art Institute (Museum)

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, 12 August 2015

Comment

  • Museum's website, 12 August 2015:
    In 1893, Bourdelle’s home town of Montauban asked him to design a monument honoring the defenders of France during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-1871. 'Figures hurlantes' is a study for the heads of the full-length figures on that sculpture, which was a radical departure from traditional war memorials. Instead of a general on horseback or wounded soldiers, Bourdelle portrayed personifications of rage, despair and brutality. He completed 'Figures hurlantes' in 1899, the same year that the older building occupied by our museum was completed.