The figure's muscled arms show a practiced and experienced smith, these being taught as he swings the enormous forging hammer, his leather smock swinging with the momentum, each ripple and crease of the garb captured with stunning accuracy. Each tool and the scrolled plans scattered across the naturalistic base are nearly perfect representations of reality. The sculptures of Adrien Gaudez have been described as "photographic representationism" (Berman) due to the meticulous construction of these details, treating even the fingernails and eyebrows with precision and accuracy. The plaque reads "FORGERON / Par A Gaudez / HORS-CONCOURS", which indicated that Gaudez was able to present his models at Salon while bypassing the required jurying for the exhibition. Born in Lyon in February of 1845, Adrien-Etienne Gaudez enrolled in the Beaux-Arts in 1862, debuting at Salon only two years later.
He won a third class medal at the Salon of 1884 and the first class medal in 1881. His works are held in major museums around the world including Valence, Louviers and Clermont-Ferrand.
"Bronzes: Sculptors and Founders vol III, IV". 3274 "Labor" - Hors Concours - c. "Bronzes of the 19th Century". 346-8 (biographical notes, Le Forgeron noted as 60 cm). 30 5/8" H x 12 1/4" W x 15 1/2 D.Condition Report: Fine original patina. Arm with a seam and slight looseness, though not needing any attention - we recommend leaving it exactly as it is. My name is Andrew Silla and my wife and I own and operate Silla, ltd in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. You can read more about our gallery by clicking here.
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