Signed Delaplanche on the base
Height : 100 cm (39 1/3 in.) ; Width : 33 cm (13 in.) ; Depth : 22 cm (8 2/3 in.)
Beautifully sculpted in white Carrare marble, depicting a Biblical scene with Agar, an Egyptian slave and Abraham’s concubine, with her son Ismaël, goes away to the desert.
Eugène Delaplanche was a pupil of Francisque Duret (1804-1865), gained the Prix de Rome in 1864 (spending 1864-67 at the Villa Medici in Rome). He was a very talented artist, much appreciated under the Second Empire. His best work is naturalistic, but at the same time classical, dignified and simple in line, and shows sound mastery of technique. With some of his colleagues, he was against the Realism artistic movement. Delaplanche exhibited several times at the Salon of the French artists in Paris, such in 1877, and obtained the Medal of honour in 1878.
Many Eugène Delaplanche’s masterpieces are now preserved and exhibited in famous French museums, such in Paris, at the Orsay Museum (Virgin with a lily, marble ; Africa, 1878, bronze, on the parvis of the museum; Eve after the Fall, 1869, marble ; Eve before the Fall, c. 1891, marble), at the Fine Arts Museum in Marseille (Child riding a tortoise, 1866, bronze), at the Antoine Vivenel Museum in Compiègne (Allegory of Air, bronze ; Allegory of Water, bronze), as well as at the Crozatier Museum at the Puy-en-Velay (Study of a monk’s head, c. 1870, marble). Maternal education, 1875 stands in the Samuel-Rousseau gardens in Paris (7th arrondt.) and Music, 1870, in front of the Paris Opéra newly built by Charles Garnier. In the decorative arts field, Eugène Delaplanche sculpted 1865 the reliefs used for the cabinet presented by Antoine Kneib at the 1867 Paris Universal Exhibition, and purchased by the wellknown Marchioness Païva (Arts décoratifs Museum, Paris, inv. 21506).