Paris 1752 - Versailles 1837
A sacrifice to Love and A sacrifice to Jupiter
28 × 24 cm. (11 × 9 ½ in.)
Both signed: J F Lorta and dated 1790
PROVENANCE: Collection of Madame Michel Binoche, Paris.
Ch. P. Landon, Annales du musée et de l’école moderne des beaux-arts: École française, Paris, 1833, pp. 38-39;
G. Scherf, S. Darroussat, Jean Jacques Rousseau et son image sculptée 1778-1798, exh. cat., Musée de la Révolution française, Vizille, 2012;
P. Sanchez, Dictionnaire des artistes exposant dans les salons des XVII et XVIIIeme siècles à Paris et en Province, 1673-1800, Dijon, 2004.
FURTHER INFORMATION: These two delightful terracotta reliefs are signed by a little-known but evidently very gifted French artist. Born in Paris, Jean François Lorta studied sculpture at the Académie in Paris and was awarded the second Grand Prix de Rome in 1779. As a result he travelled to Italy during his formative years and his direct observation of the arts of antiquity would leave a strong impression on him for the rest of his career, like it did for many of his contemporaries. He exhibited his work at the Salon between 1791 and 1819. His career unfolded as several political regimes succeeded each other in France and he remained able to work for all of them. Appreciated at the court of Louis XVI, he participated to a competition for the creation of a monument in the memory of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (terracotta, 1794, Musée de la Revolution française, Vizille) and was also among the sculptors selected to make portraits for the Galerie des Consuls at the Tuileries for Bonaparte when he was First Consul (participating to this commission were also Clodion, Houdon, Boizot and from the younger generation Jean-Emile Dumont, among others).