Sculptures

PSYCHE

Eugène-Antoine AIZELIN (1821-1902)

1863

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Eugène-Antoine Aizelin (1821-1902) Psyché, 1863, marbre, 130 x 50 x 65 cm © musée des beaux-arts de Quimper

Marble

2013-0-30

Allocated by the Musée du Louvre in 1890, transferred to the Museum of Fine Arts in 2013.

H. 130 cm - w. 50 - D. 65 cm

Psyche has braved a ban to see her husband, the young god Cupid.  But she wakens him by spilling a drop of oil from the lamp and he flees.  Overwhelmed, head down, she holds the fateful lamp.  The smooth body is idealised to give the story of Psyche an ancient and timeless character.  The sculptor does not dwell on the tragedy but focuses on the portrayal of materials and volumes: the heavy fabric, the wavy hair, the animal skin and the turned piece of furniture.

 

Sculptures

PSYCHE

Eugène-Antoine AIZELIN (1821-1902)

1863

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Eugène-Antoine Aizelin (1821-1902) Psyché, 1863, marbre, 130 x 50 x 65 cm © musée des beaux-arts de Quimper

Marble

2013-0-30

Allocated by the Musée du Louvre in 1890, transferred to the Museum of Fine Arts in 2013.

H. 130 cm - w. 50 - D. 65 cm

Psyche has braved a ban to see her husband, the young god Cupid.  But she wakens him by spilling a drop of oil from the lamp and he flees.  Overwhelmed, head down, she holds the fateful lamp.  The smooth body is idealised to give the story of Psyche an ancient and timeless character.  The sculptor does not dwell on the tragedy but focuses on the portrayal of materials and volumes: the heavy fabric, the wavy hair, the animal skin and the turned piece of furniture.

 

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