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François-Rupert Carabin "Woman and Cat" Patinated Bronze Sculpture


This sculpture, titled "Woman and Cat" is a testimony to François-Rupert Carabin's ability to work with wax, the source material for his famed bronze sculptures. An expertly executed, a robust nude female form appears holding a young cat, lavishly draped on the crux of her wrist. Both the female form and the young feline are charged with energy and imbued with movement, so much so as to convey a sense of agitation. This is the original work done by Carabin, from which only four bronzes were ever cast between 1896 and 1897.


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Item #: S-20057
Artist: François-Rupert Carabin
Circa: 1896
Dimensions: 7.5" height 
Materials: Bronze
Signed: "R Carabin"
Literature: A similar sculpture (in bronze) is pictured in: L'ouevre de Rupert Carabin, 1982-1932, catalogue of the exhibition at le Musée du Luxembourg, Paris, 1974, p. 180, cat. no. 85 

The choice of having this nude female holding a cat is deliberate. In medieval ages, cats were considered a cursed and demonic animal, feared and vilified, much like the women in the circles Carabin ran in. Representing them together, the woman and the cat, François-Rupert makes a poignant statement about the strength and beauty with which both should be considered.