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François-Rupert Carabin "Allegory of Wine" Painted Plaster Plaque


This painted plaster plaque, titled "Allegory of Wine," was created by French Art Nouveau artist François-Rupert Carabin, who worked across many mediums. The plaque, which is painted brown, features two nude women in bas-relief, one seated with her arms extended, the other standing in profile and coyly holding a dish of fruit. The delicate interaction of the two women celebrates the female form and feminine sensuality. Freed from the constraints of corsets and fashion, Art Nouveau sculpture frequently explored the female nude and imbued her with a new mystique.


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Item #: S-14011
Artist: François-Rupert Carabin
Signed: R. Carabin
Circa: 1906
Dimensions: 30" height, 16" width, 3" depth
Materials: Plaster, Paint 
Signed: "R Carabin"
Literature: Plaque pictured in Dynamic Beauty: Sculpture of Art Nouveau Paris, by Macklowe Gallery, The Studley Press, 2011, p. 83

Titled "Allegory of Wine," it's important in understanding this piece to know that an allegory is defined as "a story, poem, or picture that can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one." Allegorical painting was particularly popular in the late Victorian Era, and inspired artists around the world.