Allegreto by Julien dillens

This sculpture is accompanied by its original column. The column is made of red marble, gilded bronze and onyx. The column is also decorated with two gilded bronze coats of arms referring to the Provincial Administration of Brabant on the one hand and the Provincial Clerk Mr Barbiaux on the other.

Allegretto is a bronze sculpture with a green patina in lost-wax casting by the Compagnie des bronzes de Bruxelles. The sculpture represents a graceful woman in a triumphant position, it perfectly represents the realism for which Julien Dillens has been known all his life.
This sculpture is accompanied by its original column. The column is made of red marble, gilded bronze and onyx. The column is also decorated with two gilded bronze coats of arms referring to the Provincial Administration of Brabant on the one hand and the Provincial Clerk Mr Barbiaux on the other.
Indeed, this sculpture and its column were created with the aim of being offered on July 12, 1888 by the Provincial Administration of Brabant to its Clerk, Mr. Barbiaux, for service rendered for many years.
The sculpture and its column are accompanied by a leather-covered folder with gold printed letters. The folder is addressed to Mr. L. Barbiaux, the recipient of the work. It contains the thanks and the signatures of the influential persons of the Brabant Administration and is dated 1888.
The Sculpture is signed “J Dillens” standing for the Belgian sculptor Julien Dillens (Anvers 1849 – 1904 Saint-Gilles).
Julien Dillens is the son of the painter Henri Dillens. Julien studied painting at the Brussels Academy from 1861 to 1867 and modelling at Eugène Simonis from 1868 to 1873. He then met Carrier-Belleuse and Rodin as a worker on projects in the city of Brussels.
He exhibited at the Antwerp Salon in 1870 (Bust of a Child) and participated in several fairs in Ghent, Namur and Brussels.
He won the first prize in the competition organized by the Compagnie des Bronzes with his work Le Temps and then first prize at the Royal Academy with L’Agriculture (1875).
Julien Dillens became well known for his « realism in every aspect » which was very successful. Many artists gathered around Dillens to the point of creating a group « L’Essor » (1877) with which Dillens would exhibit his most important sculptures. The same year he won the most prestigious « Prix de Rome » award, which allowed him to travel to France and Italy.
Julien Dillens is one of the great Belgian sculptors of the late 19th century.
He exhibits at all exhibitions and participates in the construction of many monuments:
  • Laeken Palace, decorative relief.
  • Museum of Ancient Art, Decorative and Industrial Arts.
  • Ghent City Hall.
  • Town hall of Saint-Gilles.
  • Saint-Gilles Cemetery.
  • Ghent, Metdepenningen. (1886)
  • Fountains in Ixelles, Perseus and Andromache.
  • Grand Place de Bruxelles.
  • ….
Dillens is an artist who goes beyond the borders of Belgium, he also exhibits a lot abroad: Berlin, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Krefeld,…
He also became a professor at the Ixelles School of Art and a professor at the Brussels Academy from 1898.
Several of these works are now in museums: Tervuren, Brussels, Ghent,…

Compagnie des Bronzes de Bruxelles.

85,5 x 18,5 x 19 cm

Bronze lost-wax casting, green patina.

  • 1888 : Gift to the Clerk Mr. L. Barbiaux by the Provincial      Administration of Brabant.
  • 2005 : Gallery Maurice Tzwern, Brussels.

1888

  • MATTHIJS, G. (1954).Julien Dillens Sculpteur 1849-1904.Gembloux :J. Duculot, Pl. XXII.
  • ENGELEN, C. MARX, M. La Sculpture en Belgique à partir de 1830. Louvain : Engelen – Marx, 2006. Tome III p. 1296- 1303. (Sculpture represented p. 1301)
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