Property of a Former U.S. Air Force Military Attache to the American Embassy, Cairo, Egypt
Albert Carrier-Belleuse (French, 1824-1887), L' Enlevement, Bronze, signed lower left and with title on base.
See a similar casting, sold Sotheby's London, 5/21/2014, lot 36. The catalogue notes: In Fusco and Janson's seminal 1980 catalogue The Romantics to Rodin, June Hargrove speculated that Carrier-Belleuse's Abduction of Hippodamie was in fact at least partially modelled by the young Auguste Rodin. Rodin worked in Carrier-Belleuse's Brussels studio from 1864 to 1871 and the present model was conceived in the final year of his employment. It is well known that later in the 1870s Rodin produced the four figures for his Vase des Titans from designs by Carrier-Belleuse and the vase is signed by his master. A similar impressionistic and powerful modelling is seen in the centaur of the present model. Hippodamie is quite differently modelled, suggesting not only was the modelling used to heighten the contrast between masculinity and femininity, but that the model was a collaborative work. RELATED LITERATURE P. Fusco and H. Janson, The Romantics to Rodin, exhib. cat. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1980, pp. 164-6, cat. no. 50