« Leda and the Swan » by Edouard Houssin
Beautiful marble sculpture representing a famous scene of Greek mythology : Leda and the Swan. This sensuous marble showcases the sculptor’s Romantic interpretation of mythological subjects. Leaning back in ecstasy as she feels the soft feathers of the gently advancing swan behind her, Leda appears gladly receptive to Jupiter’s seduction.
The sculpture is signed « E. Houssin 1888 » standing for Edouard Houssin (1847 – 1917). Born in Douai, Houssin was a pupil of Jouffroy and Aimé Millet. From 1873 he began to show is work at the Paris Salon, where he was awarded medals in 1887 and 1889. His commissions were largely centred on his native northern France and included a number of monuments, as well as several figures in the Douai Museum.
Height : 98 cm
Sculpture : White marble
Base : « Rouge Griotte » marble