Height : 85,5 cm (33,6 in.) ; Width : 70 cm (27,6 in.)
Important bust of Diana in white Carrara marble. Positionned three quarters, the head raised to the right, the drapery reveals her right breast. The sculptor, by the finesse and precision of the marble work, was able to give a great presence to his model.
Goddess of the hunt and the moon, Diana is often associated with wild animals and nature, and has been the subject of many versions by H. Weigele.
Henri Weigele was born in the town of Schlierbach in the Haut Rhin region near the Swiss border on 20th September 1858. He studied in Paris under Jules Franchesi, himself student of François Rude, and specialized in the work of marble and gilded bronze, producing busts representing mythological themes, historical persons. Weigele exposed to the Salon, awarded by an honorable mention in 1893. In 1902, he became a member of the Salon des Artistes Français ; in 1907, he received a 3rd class medal and in 1909, a 2nd class medal.
The Walker Art Gallery, in Liverpool, has a sculpture of Athena. Also known for his bronze sculptures, the Musée d’Orsay keeps his representation of Alfred Chauchard, made in 1910. He died in 1927 in Neuilly-sur-Seine.
E. Bénézit, Dictionnaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs, Gründ, 1999, vol. XIV, p. 510