Besançon 1814 - Paris 1883
Height 70 cm. (27 ½ in.)
Signed: J. CLESINGER and inscribed 2me ETUDE
FURTHER INFORMATION: The Bacchante, a female attendant of the god Bacchus, was one of Clésinger's favourite subjects. His first treatment of the theme is the Reclining Bacchante exhibited at the 1848 Salon, which caused a stir and was a great success. Like his Woman bitten by a snake from the year before, the sculpture was inspired by Apollonie Sabatier, and Théophile Gautier called it "one of the most beautiful examples of modern sculpture". The artist would return to the subject of the Bacchante, shown reclining, standing, accompanied by a faun, or in bust form as in the present work.