“Apollo and Daphné”
Signed E. Drouot
Height : 79 cm (31 in.) ; Base : 32 x 32 cm (12 2/3 x 12 2/3 in.)
A dark brown patina bronze figural group representing Apollo pursuing Daphne, who was seeking to escape from his love. Exhausted, she asked her father, the god Peneus, to help her. He then transformed her daughter in oleander. The group stands on an ormolu-mounted « Campan rubané » marble base.
Edouard Drouot (1859-1945) began his career as a painter, and soon devoted himself to sculpture. He studied in Paris in the studio of Emile Thomas (1817-1882) and then Mathurin Moreau (1822-1912), who taught him how to sculpt in a very academic style corresponding to the taste of the time. Exhibiting at the 1889 Paris Salon, Edouard Drouot asserted his style and his skill in sculptures mainly cast in bronze. He sculpted only one large sculpture, The Amateur, a marble work presented at the 1893 Salon, and then at the Universal Exhibition of 1900 where he received an honorable mention. Drouot focused in his work on movement and expression through his figures posing with precarious balance, giving them much grace. He found his subjects in a wide repertoire plenty of genre, sport and Orientalist scenes. But the theme in which the artist excelled was the representation of mythological figures making him a leading figure of the sculpture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.
Les bronzes du XIXe siècle, P. Kjellberg, Les Ed. de l’amateur, 1989, p° 291.
Dictionnaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs, Bénézit, éd. Gründ, 1976, t.III, p.680.