GALLERIES/Stuart Lochhead Sculpture
PROVENANCE:Léon Tixier collection, France, circa 1892
His son, Roger Tixier
His granddaughter, Paris until 2019.
R. Marx, ‘Mouvement des Arts Décoratifs’ in Revue encyclopédique, no. 45, Paris 1892, pp. 1486-1505 (in particular, p. 1494 and pp. 1497-1498);
A. Alexandre, Jean Carriès, Imagier et Potier: Etude d’une Oeuvre et d’une Vie, Paris 1895, pp. 155-157 (another version in ceramic illustrated, p. 157);
P. Thiébaut, ‘A propos d’un groupe céramique de Jean Carriès: Le Grenouillard’ in Revue du Louvre, Vol. 32, 1982, pp. 121-128 (another version in ceramic illustrated, pp. 123-124);
A. Simier, ed., Jean Carriès: La matière de l’Etrange, cat. exp. Paris (Petit Palais), 2007-2008, p. 222 (no 238);
G. Groom, ‘Frog-Man (Le Grenouillard)’ in Art Institute of Chicago Museum Studies, Vol. 35, No. 2, Chicago 2009, pp. 66-67 and 95.
FURTHER INFORMATION:Like in a Boschian dream, a half-man, half-frog creature materialises before the viewer, stretching its grotesquely long back forward so that its knees almost touch its shoulders. A giant toad crouches down between the Frog-man's forearms: their bodies and webbed limbs appear as if they are fused together, emerging from the ground. Four smaller amphibians surround the central group, situating the scene in a fantastic swamp or pond. The plaster's soft modelling and waxy texture, together with its seemingly unmodelled parts, enhance the outlandish nature of the creature and its batrachian entourage.
This extraordinary composition was exhibited for the first time in ceramic at the Paris Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in 1892, establishing the international career of its creator, Jean-Joseph Carriès, two years before his premature death in 1894.