"After the Hunt", bronze sculpture | Alfred Dubucand (French, 1828-1894)
"AFTER THE HUNT" BRONZE EQUESTRIAN GROUP BY ALFRED DUBUCAND
Circa 1870; signed A. Dubucand
Item # 812UOA02P
This exquisitely cast model depicts a horse tethered to a fence after a successful hunt, the young doe slung over the saddle tied as a pair of hounds await the return of the hunter. The level of detail found in this model is quite rare, indicative of an early casting while the more intricate detailing of the hair, eyes, hooves and naturalistic elements of the base are still crisp and well developed - in later models this becomes rather soft, as is the tendency as the repeated casting removes the artist's intent over time. Always a realist and never Romantic, Alfred Dubucand's animals are anatomically exacting and the present model is no exception - note the veins flowing across the gentle creature's ribcage, the muscles and tendons in the raised leg and preciseness of the mane. The deer and dogs are equally well modeled, all resting over a base rich with natural elements: rocks, flowers, foliage, mud and bits of rope. The edge of the base is signed with some flourish A. Dubucand. This rare model remains in fine original condition - as a table bronze; while naturally the front has the most activity, great care was taken to allow the subject to present attractively from any angle.
ALFRED DUBUCAND (FRENCH, 1828-1894)
Born in Paris on November 25th of 1828, Alfred Dubucand studied under Justin Marie Lequien (French, 1796-1881) and later under Antoine-Louis Barye. He worked almost exclusively as an animal sculptor or "Animalier", though he was very familiar with capturing the human element in his Equestrian and portrait groups; some of his most successful works were his studies of French-occupied North Africa and his Eastern nomadic subjects, these often hunt scenes with horse and rider, sometimes accompanied by domestic dogs. His bronzes are always exceptionally well-detailed with special attentions shown to the patina, a skillset he learned from Barye; his early works are often characterized by more complex and varied chemical patination. In 1867 his wax model of "Dead Pheasant" was exhibited for his debut at the Paris Salon. He continued to exhibit his juried works at Salon every year through 1883, these often exhibited as wax models and sometimes plaster that subsequently were cast in bronze. His exhibitions must have been rather well received, as much of his work first presented in wax was in later years again exhibited at Salon cast in bronze.
- Art Bronzes, Michael Forrest, 1988, p. 474
- The Animaliers, James Mackay, 1973, p. 60
- Animals in Bronze, Christopher Payne, 1986, p. 402
- E. Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Vol. IV, Gründ, 2006, p. 1225-26
- Bronzes of the Nineteenth Century: A Dictionary of Sculptors, Pierre Kjellberg, p. 299-301
- Dictionnaire de Sculpteurs de l'école Française, Stanislas Lami, 1914 [all works presented at Salon 1867-1883]
- A Concise History of Bronzes, George Savage, 1968
Measurements: 8 1/4" H x 10 7/8" W x 5 5/8" D
Slight wiggle between the horse and base. Old repair to tail joint. Some denting and wear around edges of base. Original patina with very minor handling wear, overall remaining in excellent condition.