Contemplation of Man Cast Iron and Marble Sculptural Bookend Pair

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Inspired by the “Young Man Beside the Sea” painting by artist Hippolyte Flandrin (1809-1864)
Blending the artistry of ironwork and marble, this striking sculpture employs the beauty of the nude male form in an artistic synergy of raw materials. Solid natural marble anchors this contemplative sculpture of foundry cast iron finished in bronze verdigris. A heavyweight pair becomes functional art when serving as bookends.
3"Wx6"Dx10"H. 11 lbs.
Was: $149.00
Now: $75.00
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   Jean-Hippolyte Flandrin (1809-1864)

The grand monuments of Italy influenced French painter Jean-Hippolyte Flandrin, and he became a leading muralist of his day, painting vast compositions in the churches of Paris. An excellent portraitist, Flandrin's collection of paintings also includes numerous historical and mythological works.

Because of his lack of training, originally Flandrin painted miniatures, but a strong admiration for art propelled the young painter to pursue an artistic career. At first, his lack of training and money was considered a hindrance, but after winning the Prix de Rome in 1832 for his painting The Recognition of Theseus by his Father, Flandrin was considered equal with his contemporaries.

Flandrin's paintings are noted for his devotion to both the spiritual allegory as well as technical quality. Paintings such as Young Man Beside the Sea use form and color to express Flandrin's austerity and coldness that perhaps was rooted in his beliefs that his faith was in opposition to the surrounding world.

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