Aurore by Alfred Finot

The sculpture depicts a smiling woman getting up in the morning. The artist chose to detail only the anatomical parts of the woman, her hands, her feet, her face and her chest, while he left vague the features of her dress and the veil above her head.

 The sculpture depicts a smiling woman getting up in the morning. The artist chose to detail only the anatomical parts of the woman, her hands, her feet, her face and her chest, while he left vague the features of her dress and the veil above her head.
We can notice that « L’Aurore » has strong echoes of Barrias’ famous figure « Nature Unveiling Herself to Science », as the demi-nude figure lifts her drapery over her head. The style, however, is closer to Art Nouveau as the soft curves of form and drapery seem to melt into one another in subtle undulations.
 The sculpture is signed A. Finot for Alfred Finot (1876 – 1947). Alfred Finot is a French sculptor born in Nancy in France. Between 1889 and 1894, Alfred Finot studied art at the Nancy School of Fine Arts. He is trained in sculpture by Ernest Bussière. In 1895, he entered the studio of the sculptor Louis-Ernest Barrias at the School of Fine Arts in Paris.
In 1897 he exhibited at the Salon des artistes français and in 1904 he presents « La Jeunesse passe » (The Youth passes ») at the exhibition of decorative arts in Nancy.
Since its founding in 1901, he became a member of the board of directors of the Nancy School.

Overall 104 cm : Sculpture 91 cm and base 13 cm

Sculpture in white Carrara marble & base in Arabescato.

  • Monument to Charles Sellier in « Parc de la Pépinière » in Nancy, France.
  • Gambrinus (1913), a bas-relief part of the house « Brasserie de Champigneulles » in Nancy, France.

ca. 1910

  • Sculpture in bronze « Midinette » ca. 1900 – Orsay Museum in Paris, France.
  • Sculpture in bronze « Nymphe se mirant » 1900 – Musée de l’école de Nancy in Nancy, France.
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