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La Capresses des Colonies
Charles-Henri-Joseph Cordier
1861

In his unpublished memoirs Charles Cordier cites the law of April 27, 1848 that abolished slavery in France and its colonies, writing: “My art incorporated the reality of a whole new subject, the revolt against slavery and the birth of anthropology.” In pioneering ethnography as a subject for sculpture in the nineteenth century, Cordier aimed to illustrate what he described as “the idea of the universality of beauty.” His busts often paired couples of the opposite sex but of the same race. This rare instance of matched busts of women was desired by the purchaser, a gaming club in Marseilles, that also commissioned the sumptuous Second-Empire pedestals from Cordier. 
The busts revel in the period taste for polychromy in sculpture, an international phenomenon sparked by artistic debates about the painting of ancient statuary and inspired by ancient Roman and Renaissance sculpture composed of variously colored marbles. On a trip to Algeria in 1856 Cordier discovered onyx deposits in recently reopened ancient quarries and began to use the stone in busts such as these. He ingeniously fitted enameled bronze heads into the vibrantly patterned stone, creating exciting though costly representations of Africans that appealed to the highest levels of European society. (MET)

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fashionsfromhistory:

La Capresses des Colonies

Charles-Henri-Joseph Cordier

1861

In his unpublished memoirs Charles Cordier cites the law of April 27, 1848 that abolished slavery in France and its colonies, writing: “My art incorporated the reality of a whole new subject, the revolt against slavery and the birth of anthropology.” In pioneering ethnography as a subject for sculpture in the nineteenth century, Cordier aimed to illustrate what he described as “the idea of the universality of beauty.” His busts often paired couples of the opposite sex but of the same race. This rare instance of matched busts of women was desired by the purchaser, a gaming club in Marseilles, that also commissioned the sumptuous Second-Empire pedestals from Cordier. 

The busts revel in the period taste for polychromy in sculpture, an international phenomenon sparked by artistic debates about the painting of ancient statuary and inspired by ancient Roman and Renaissance sculpture composed of variously colored marbles. On a trip to Algeria in 1856 Cordier discovered onyx deposits in recently reopened ancient quarries and began to use the stone in busts such as these. He ingeniously fitted enameled bronze heads into the vibrantly patterned stone, creating exciting though costly representations of Africans that appealed to the highest levels of European society. (MET)

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classic-art:


The Surprised Nymph
Edouard Manet, 1859-1861

classic-art:

The Surprised Nymph

Edouard Manet, 1859-1861

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sodomyandunpleasantaccents:


Frederic Leighton - Jonathan’s token to David - c.1868

sodomyandunpleasantaccents:

Frederic Leighton - Jonathan’s token to David - c.1868

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pagewoman:


Above the Roof Tops by Edward John Poynter 1866

pagewoman:

Above the Roof Tops 

by Edward John Poynter 1866

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lawrenceleemagnuson:


Claude Monet A Seascape, Shipping by Moonlight (1864)oil on canvas 73.8 x 60 cmNational Gallery of Scotland

lawrenceleemagnuson:

Claude Monet
A Seascape, Shipping by Moonlight (1864)
oil on canvas 73.8 x 60 cm
National Gallery of Scotland

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orplid:

Jean-François Millet (French, 1814-1875) - ‘Shepherdess and Flock at Sunset’, 1868

orplid:

Jean-François Millet (French, 1814-1875) - Shepherdess and Flock at Sunset’, 1868

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lilithsplace:

'Zingara with a Tambourine', c. 1865 - Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796 - 1875)

lilithsplace:

'Zingara with a Tambourine', c. 1865 - Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot (1796 - 1875)

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lilithsplace:

'The Surprised Nymph', 1861 - Édouard Manet

lilithsplace:

'The Surprised Nymph', 1861 - Édouard Manet

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