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MARTIN-CLAUDE MONNOT

(Paris 1733-1803)

Author : Martin-Claude Monnot (Paris 1733-1803)
Size : Height: 24.20 Inches Width: 11.81 Inches Depth: 12.20 Inches
More Details :Terracotta statuette
Model for a piece for graduation at the Royal Academy
On the incised plinth M.C Monnot 1779
Other view :

“The Springtime Genius”


The spring piece which was ordered by Mr Boutin, who is the administrator of the royal treasure at the navy department, was exposed by Mr Monnot at the 1771 and 1773 exibitions.

The sculptor Edme Bouchardon (1698-1762) represented this art object for the Grenelle fountain in Paris.

The springtime genius, attaching a garland of flowers on a zodiac sign was the model theme chosen by Monnot for his graduation piece at the Academy in 1769. On the occasion of his graduation, the 28th August 1779, Monnot showed a springtime piece in marble, on the same lines as the terracotta piece already submitted to the Company which had already received its approval. A range of spring terracotta collection including the “The Springtime Genius” was presented at the Doucet collection sale in Paris,1906.

The marble version can be seen at the “Graduation art pieces gallery” at the Louvre Museum, where a mini terracotta version is also shown.


Old collection of Mr Jacques Doucet.
The sale was the 16 and 17 of May 1906 in Paris.
N°135 - reproduction

Another version:
Terracotta H: 33 w: 16 D: 20
Reduction of the graduation art piece.

The springtime genius statuette in marble, graduation piece.
H: 71 cm W : 37 cm D : 37 cm.
Rf : 2985 Louvre Museum in Paris.

Louvre , Lectures and symposiums, February - March 1997
Proof of excellence:
Graduation art pieces in the artistic period of the XVII and XVIII centuries

Bibliography:
Stanislas Lami, Sculptors dictionary of the French school in the XVIII century, 2nd volume, Paris, 1911.

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