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Jules Bastien-Lepage

A work made of copper with bronze patina.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of copper with bronze patina.

Date:

Modeled 1880, cast in copper and bronze 1881

Artist:

Augustus Saint-Gaudens (American, born Ireland, 1848–1907)
Cast by Magee Furnace Company
Chelsea, Massachusetts

About this artwork

Augustus Saint-Gaudens modeled a series of low-relief portraits of his artist friends in Paris, including this depiction of painter Jules Bastien-Lepage. The sculptor playfully featured a palette and brushes yet concealed most of the sitter’s hands—which are so important to an artist’s act of making. This shallow relief sculpture was made by the newly developed process of electrotyping. Electrically charged metals and metal alloys (here copper and bronze) adhered to a mold of the original clay sculpture at the particle level, creating a thin—yet faithful—copy. Saint-Gaudens is the earliest known American artist to invest in the technique, ordering electrotypes of two of his works from the Magee Furnace Company.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Augustus Saint-Gaudens (Sculptor)

Title

Jules Bastien-Lepage

Place

Paris (Object made in)

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Modeled 1880

Medium

Copper with bronze patina

Inscriptions

Inscribed across top: "[I] VLES BASTIEN LEPAGE AETATIS XXXI PARIS MDCCCLXXX AVGVSTVS / SAINT-GAVDENS FECIT"

Dimensions

37.2 × 27 cm (14 5/8 × 10 5/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Sara Hallowell

Reference Number

1908.83

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