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

While living in Paris, the sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens executed a series of bronze bas-relief portraits of his artist friends, including John Singer Sargent, and this portrayal of the French painter Jules Bastien-Lepage. In contrast to his previous, bust-length plaques, this portrait is a more complex, half-length composition. At Bastien-Lepage’s request, the sculptor incorporated a palette and brushes to conceal the Frenchman’s hands; this amused Saint-Gaudens, who thought it a “rare combination of talent and vanity in his sitter.” The plaque’s frame was designed by Saint-Gaudens’s friend American architect Stanford White.

On View

American Art, Gallery 161

Artist

Augustus Saint-Gaudens (Sculptor)

Title

Jules Bastien-Lepage

Origin

Paris

Date

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

Extended information about this artwork

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