BOURDELLE, Émile-Antoine

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

Centaure mourant

Dying Centaur




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© Artist:


  • 1929, Purchased by Robert Allerton (1873-1964) from Bourdelle in Paris

Related works

  • See entry about the plaster at Musée Bourdelle, Paris: (entry by Jérôme Godeau).


  • Wikipedia, (accessed September 25, 2017):
    Located in the forest past the formal gardens, this statue by the French artist Emile-Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929) is of an allegorical scene, the death of Paganism. In a hazardous process seldom used today, the figure was cast in bronze to which gold had been added. Half man, half horse, the centaur represents the musician Chiron, who offered his own life in exchange for that of Prometheus, the benefactor of the human race in ancient Greek mythology.
    After Robert Allerton (1873-1964) purchased Death of the Last Centaur from Bourdelle in Paris in 1929, John Gregg Allerton (1899-1986), his adopted son, designed this setting for it. The park's two major trails on the north side of the Sangamon River intersect here in the shape of a cross. A set of 60 concrete steps leads down toward the river, and four massive pillars stand at each end of the cross−path.
    Death of the Last Centaur can also be reached by car on Old Timber Road. There is a small parking lot and a wooded path to the sculpture.