Large allegorical bronze sculpture with brown patina "La Pensée" (The Thought) featuring a winged man with an outstretched arm seated on clouds. Inscribed on the pages of the book at his feet the names of important philosophers and writers such as PLATON, VIRGILE, MONTAIGNE, DESCARTES, RACINE, CORNEILLE, LAMARTINE. Dedication to Mr. Renaudot, chief engineer of Compagnie P.I.M. Signed in the cast "E. PICAULT" and titled on the base : "La pensée prenant son vol et portant la lumière" (The Thought flying out and carrying the light). Foundry mark : "Ledentu Frères Paris".
Dim: W: 18,1 in - D: 13in - H: 36,6in.
Dim: L:46cm, P:33cm, H:93cm.
In overall very good condition, with a beautiful brown patina.
Émile-Louis Picault (1833-1915) was a French sculptor and medalist in Paris, pupil of the painter Royer. He exhibited at the Salon between 1863 and 1909 various allegorical, patriotic, mythological or heroic subjects.
Paul-Henri Ledentu (1874-1951) was a Parisian foundryman, sculptor and chiseler. He studied at the École des Arts Décoratifs de Paris and exhibited his works at the annual Paris Salon with great success. He decided to expand his business and edited sculptures by other renowned artists such as Albert-Ernest Carrier Belleuse and Jean-Batiste Carpeaux.
Kjellberg, Pierre, Les Bronzes du XIXe siècle, Paris, Éditions de l'Amateur, 1989, pp. 542-544.