The Eagle Hunter by Jef Lambeaux

The sculpture depicts a nude muscular man with a bow. With his eyes glued to the sky, the man has just shot an arrow at a prey. At his feet lies a previously hunted eagle.The sculpture has a beautiful dark brown patina, the sand casting is of high quality.

Jef Lambeaux (1852 Belgium – 1908) is undoubtedly the most remarkable sculptor of the second half of the 19th century in Belgium. This man of uncommon energy built an enormous body of work that continues to inspire admiration and wonder.
Originality in the broadest sense of the term is the first characteristic of his practice. His lifestyle also assured him a unique place in the vibrant Belgian artistic milieu of the time. The solitary empathy that he was, combined with pure singularity and a generous imagination, clearly distinguishes his works from those of his fellow sculptors. With an enthusiasm reminiscent of Rubens, Jordaens and certainly also Antoine Wiertz (1806-1865), Jef Lambeaux unwittingly created countless monumental sculptures that provoked a wide variety of reactions, both aesthetically and ethically.
His excellent craftsmanship has never been questioned. Bravery was never far away in his group scenes that were as dynamic as they were complex, and often larger than life: bronze battle scenes, wrestlers, boxers, heavy centaurs, kidnappings, etc.
Lambeaux was also well known for his monumental marble sculptures: The Murderer, Love and Drunkenness and of course his opus magnum, a huge white marble relief (8 x 12 metres!), worthy of Rodin, representing an unprecedented dramatic spectrum of human passions.
His energetic life, much more than a successful career, allowed him not only to create titanic works, but also multiple representations of young women with light feet and expressive busts of men of character, preferably artists (Jacob Jordaens, Henri De Braekeleer, Frans Lamorinière, Hendrik Conscience, etc.). Lambeaux’s work, of which there is not yet a complete inventory, can be estimated at more than 150 works.
In Belgian museums – especially those in Brussels and Antwerp – astonishing examples of his work can be seen. After his studies at the academy and his initial participation in exhibitions, the career of this exceptionally motivated artist only reached cruising speed at the age of thirty, when his now famous sculpture The Kiss was purchased by the Antwerp Museum (1882). Jef Lambeaux was unstoppable in his modelling of sculptures, large and small, commissioned and uncommissioned.
All his works bear his trademark, that high degree of originality, often daring. Thus his work and his personality acquired a great reputation, even during his lifetime.
One only had to admire the spectacular Brabo Fountain (1887), just opposite the town hall of his home town to understand his success.

130 x 80 x 70 cm

H. Luppens & Cie Editeurs

Belgian, ca. 1900.

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