La Défense du Foyer by Émile-Louis Picault

  • This dramatic bronze figure was crafted by famed French sculptor Émile-Louis Picault
  • It is based upon the highly regard marble sculpture by Emile-André Boisseau
  • Entitled La Défense du Foyer, the work is an allegory for strength and bravery
  • Displaying remarkable expressiveness and detail, it embodies Picault's best patriotic subjects
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Item No. 30-4842

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This extraordinary French bronze, entitled La Défense du Foyer, was crafted by famed French sculptor Émile-Louis Picault, one of the most celebrated sculptors of the 19th century. It is based on a work by the French sculptor Emile-André Boisseau; the original marble was first shown at the prestigious Paris Salon in 1884, and was later displayed in the Esplanade des Invalides in Paris, where it still exists today. Exhibiting a remarkable level of detail, the sculpture is an impressive study in anatomy and expression. It stands as an allegory for strength and bravery, depicting a man standing guard over the woman and child behind him. The evocative image became an important symbol for France in the early years of the First World War, when the scene was fashioned into bronze plaques and medals, one of which is currently held in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

This bronze masterfully captures the drama of the moment with a remarkable sense of romantic realism. Emotion, beauty and bravery are all made manifest in each incredible detail, embodying the allegorical and patriotic subjects for which Picault is renowned. 

Base engraved La Défense du Foyer and signed E. Picault

Circa 1890

38” high x 19” wide x 15” deep
This emotive bronze was crafted by famed French sculptor Émile-Louis Picault
Period: 1816-1918
Origin: France
Type: Sculpture
Depth: 15.0 Inches
Width: 19.0 Inches
Height: 38.0 Inches

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