"Laborer", bronze sculpture | Edouard Drouot (French, 1859-1945)
A FINE BRONZE SCULPTURE OF A LABORER AFTER MODEL BY EDOUARD DROUOT
Signed in rocky base "E. Drouot", cold-stamped to reverse D. D.
Item # 811EKF17P
In this exquisitely chiseled bronze sculpture, Edouard Drouot explores a topic of great interest during the Art Deco movement - the industry of man. The lone figure struggling against the earth is clothed only in a tucked waist cloth as he drives his lever between the rocks. He is a modern Sisyphus, his labors meaningless; what he struggles to accomplish will be soon be displaced and forgotten by the machinery and engines of industry that captured the imagination of the era. Drouot completed a broad collection of studies examining man against the forces of modernity and the labors of the individual. The present example was cast with the lost-wax method and retains an original chemical patina with a golden overall body, brown hair and garment and a mottled green, reds, black and brown naturalistic rocky base. It is signed in his standard script E. Drouot on the edge of the rocky outcrop and is cold-stamped apparently D.D. on the reverse.
For another sculpture by Druout carried by the gallery also stamped D.D. to the reverse, see "Prometheus" by Edouard Druout.
Measurements: 16 3/4" H x 9" W x 5" D
Trace verdigris oxidization to crevices of naturalistic base; very minor handling wear to original patina; waxed, polished and in fine presentation-ready condition.