GALLERIES/Eros Gallery (part of Willoughby Gerrish Ltd)
Auguste Rodin (1840-1917)
Torso, Also know as the Torso for the Walking Man, Conceived 1877-78, cast 1979
20 ½ × 10 × 6 ⅜ in, 52.1 × 25.4 × 16.2 cm
Eros Gallery (part of Willoughby Gerrish Ltd) is dedicated to artworks from the 19th and early 20th century, with a specific interest in sculpture. The gallery name derivces from Alfred Gilbert's great masterpiece Eros, 1893, on Piccadilly Circus. The gallery focuses on artistic developments in Great Britain (The New Sculpture Movement) and the progression from Neo-Classicism to Romanticism in Europe, crowned by the evolution to modern sculpture, led by Auguste Rodin at the turn of the century in France. The company also deals in associated artworks - paintings, works on paper, prints, and design.
This important survey of Rodin and Dalou's work consists of over 50 works of art; including a series of major loans. Sculptures in bronze, plaster, and marble, are combined by works on paper: watercolours and prints and documentary evidence, including Dalou's passport.
The exhibition brings together examples from three important private collections. Two of the collectors have focused on Dalou and Rodin for over three decades and have lent several sculptures to museums. The third group which belonged to the sculptor Alfred Drury RA (1856 – 1944) is unique as they are being offered for sale by direct descent. Alfred Drury was instructed by Dalou at the National Art Training School at South Kensington. Drury became a close friend, being invited to work as his praticien on Dalou's return to Paris at his atelier in the Impasse du Maine. Other examples from this important collection include further works by Dalou, Alfred Stevens (England's Michelangelo), and Jean-François Millet, which will be exhibited for the first time at TEFAF Maastricht Art Fair in 2024.
As part of the exhibition, we're delighted to be showing large group of maquettes for Dalou's unrealised Monument to the Workers; Also, his Grand Paysan in full size (other casts are in Petit Palais and Musée d'Orsay in Paris, The Carlsberg Glyptotek, Coppenhagen, and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam. Works by Rodin include the important loans of Balzac and Eve, plus key sculptures for sale including The Eternal Spring, and a rare plaster of Despair.
We are delighted that the introduction to the catalogue is written by Melissa Hamnett, formerly Curator of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics and Glass at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and now the Head of Heritage Collections and curator of Works of Art at the Houses of Parliament.
The Exhibition is open as part of London Art Week' Winter edition (1- 8 December 2023)