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Monday, February 29, 2016

a french dane

courtesy the rijksmuseum http://hdl.handle.net/10934/RM0001.COLLECT.25461

"Deense dog," reads the title of this powerful bronze by French animalier Georges Gardet.   I hadn't heard of that breed before - or had I?  "Deense" (or "Duitse") is the Dutch term for the Great Dane, it turns out.
Gardet studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, which accounts for the high technical quality of this piece.  He was also known for his sensitivity to the individual character of his subjects, and is described as giving them a "proud and romantic" feel.  The Rijksmuseum acquired this piece in 1904, when Art Nouveau was still in its heyday.  I thought I saw a little Art Nouveau sinuosity in the lines here, but no; it's the innate elegance of the animal himself.

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