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Antique French Sculpture of Man Fighting Tiger by Edouard Drouot

$6,800

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A very good casting of Drouot's Lutte pour la Vie, also known in some literature as Ésclave Combattant un Tigre, it depicts a young man in a desperate fight for survival against an unleashed tiger. It is a terrifying scene with a palpable tension between the two figures, the tiger leaping over this rocky grouping and grasping the young man's leg. While left with only a log in his hands to defend himself, the man is not deprived of spirit, daring and grit: he stares the tiger firmly in the eyes, leaning into the fight and not stepping away. One of Drouot's most successful and popular works, it captures both the human form and the animal spirit so effectively that the viewer is unavoidably impacted by the overwhelming dread of the moment. The philosophical parallels between this model and his works on labor are tangible, an existential expression of a mortal man doomed to tragedy finding very real meaning in grit, self-reliance, hard work, determination and courage. The present example is a good large model with a finely chiseled surface throughout, the bronze finished in three distinct surface patinas: a low saturation yellow chemical patina on the man, a golden patina with hints of medium brown and darker brown in the recesses of the tiger and a dark brown patina to the naturalistic base. It is signed in the base "E. Drouot" in script and sealed with the foundry cachet for Syndicat des fabricants de bronze, Unis, France. Measurements: 19 1/4" H x 6 1/8" D x 8 7/8" W.

Details

  • Creator
    Edouard Drouot (Sculptor)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 19.25 in. (48.9 cm)Width: 8.88 in. (22.56 cm)Depth: 6.13 in. (15.58 cm)
  • Style
    Art Deco (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    Unknown
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Excellent original condition with only minor handling wear to surface patina throughout.
  • Seller Location
    Shippensburg, PA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 106GPZ19A1stDibs: LU1059024607112

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    Ships From: Shippensburg, PA
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