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Fremiet, Emmanuel

Fremiet benefited greatly from the patronage of Comte de Nieuwerkerke who held high cultural office as Surintendant des Beaux Arts under the reign of Napoleon III of the Second Empire.  Nieuwerkerke engaged Fremiet to redecorate the Louvre with stand-alone sculptural commissions as well as architectural sculpture for the building; he further commissioned Fremiet to complete the monumental original of “Pan et Oursons” in marble.

While his animal sculptures remain some of his most memorable and enjoyable, particularly the smaller bronzes of individual animals, Fremiet worked hard to define himself not purely as an Animalier, working in an incredibly broad range of subjects and genres.

Later in his career he turned his focus to medieval and early Christian subjects. His popular larger-than-life monuments of Joan of Arc, Saint Michael and Saint George were brilliant displays of his ability to capture the human form. He would recall that he was "inspired above all by those works in which the Middle Ages embellished the type of the warrior saint, with such strong simplicity, naive faith and fine pictorial qualities" [1]. His powerful 1869 depiction of Louis D'Orléans, frére de Charles VI was a technically exacting portrayal with nearly equal emphasis on horse and man.

Literature and Further Reading:

  • "The Animaliers", James Mackay
  • “Bronze Sculpture of Les Animaliers”, Jane Horswell
  • "Art Bronzes", Michael Forest
  • "Animals in Bronze", Christopher Payne
  • "Bronzes of the Nineteenth Century: Dictionary of Bronze Sculptors", Pierre Kjellberg, p. 327-337

Notes:

  • [1] "The Horse", National Gallery of Victoria, 2015, p. 44