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Augustus Saint-Gaudens bronze: Jules Bastien-Lepage


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Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907) low relief cast bronze portrait of French painter Jules Bastien-Lepage (1848-1884). Size: 14.5 inches x 10.25 inches. Circa 1880. An inscription along the top margin reads: "Jules Bastien-Lepage Aetatis XXXI Paris MDCCCLXXX Augustus Saint-Gaudens Fecit." The two artists first met in Paris in 1868, while studying at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Later, in 1877, Saint-Gaudens recalled, Bastien-Lepage "asked if I would make a medallion of him in exchange for a portrait of myself. Of course I agreed to the proposal." This bas-relief portrait was created by Saint-Gaudens in 1880. Saint-Gaudens was obviously pleased with the result. His son Homer describes his father's reaction: "None of the medallions my father then modeled satisfied him to the extent of that of Bastien-Lepage, both because he believed the relief was as near perfection as he ever came, and because he was greatly interested in a rare combination of talent and vanity in his sitter." Condition: the portrait is offered in as-found condition in what appears to be the original patination. Four tack holes in the corners.