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    A French Bronze Sculpture: Au But

    After Alfred Boucher (1850-1934)
    Cast by Siot Foundry, Paris, France
    Late Nineteenth Century
    Marks: A BOUCHER, SIOT-PARIS, 144
    17.75 in. tall (19.62 in. with base)

    Of three athletes running, arms outstretched to reach their goal, on an oval green marble base.

    The plaster version of Au But was exhibited at the Salon of 1886 and won a first class medal. Many critics commended the sculptor's talent and Paul Leroi wrote of the piece in L'Art, "a plaster group with an extreme vigour, an admirable intensity of life, the greatest movement, and a rare suppleness of modelling, in short, one of the masterpieces which honors French art." The state awarded Boucher the Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur and commissioned a life-size bronze version of Au But. The finished cast was exhibited at the Salon in 1887 (no. 3675), before being placed in the Luxembourg Gardens, where it remained until, sadly, being destroyed during the Nazi occupation. Such was the popularity of this work, it was edited in many different sizes, and by numerous foundries, including Barbedienne, Susse and Siot-Decauville.

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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2006
    19th-20th Thursday-Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
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