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Louis Chalon "La Fée" Bronze Sculpture


This French Art Nouveau bronze sculpture, entitled "La Fée," or "The Fairy," by Louis Chalon features a refined nude female figure standing on an open flower with complex with deeply textured roots. Her eyes closed, her physical posturing and facial expression suggest a peaceful state of ecstasy. Though seemingly very grounded, four wings in the shape of orchid petals appear ready to take her aflight. She wears a single orchid petal as a crown.


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Item #: B-18276
Artist: Louis Chalon
Circa: 1900s
Dimensions: 25.5" height 11.5" width, 7" depth
Materials: Bronze, Marble
Signed: "Louchet"
Literature: Similar sculpture pictured in Dynamic Beauty: Sculpture of Art Nouveau Paris, by Macklowe Gallery, The Studley Press, 2011, p. 106

Louis Chalon exhibited vast classically inspired paintings in the Salons of the Societe des Artistes Francais where he was awarded an Honorable Mention in 1885, another one in 1898, a Third Class Medal in 1891 and an Honorable Mention at the Expositions Universelles of 1889 and 1900. While experimenting with painted wax figures in 1898 he discovered the pleasures of sculpture, to which he was to devote much of the rest of his life. Many of his subjects are mythological, while many of his female subjects are femme-fleurs, women symbolizing flowers.