Imposing allegorical sculpture in bronze with brown shaded patina signed Emile-Louis Picault (1833-1915). It represents a winged man sitting on a cloud and raising his arm. At his feet, a book mentions the names of great philosophers and writers such as Plato, Virgil, Montaigne, Descartes, Racine, Corneille, Lamartine... Ribbon with inscription "Fiat LVX" and cartouche with inscription "The thought taking its flight and carrying the light". Signature "E. PICAULT" on the terrace.
Émile-Louis Picault (1833-1915) is a French sculptor and medallist, student of the painter Royer. He exhibited regularly at the Salon from 1863 onwards many allegorical, patriotic or mythological subjects. His works are often accompanied by Latin or French sentences.
Dim: W: 18,9 in - D: 13in - H: 36,4in.
Dim: L:48cm, P:33cm, H:92,5cm.
Very good condition
Kjellberg, Pierre. Les Bronzes du XIXe siècle, Paris, Éditions de l'Amateur, 1989, pp. 542-544.