Handcrafted Large Snake Charmer Bronze Sculpture Hot Cast Classic Artwork

SKU: STE-731
1 in stock

Condition: This sculpture is in a perfect condition.
Bronze Dimensions with Marble Base: Height 16.5" X Width 6"
Marble Dimensions: Diameter 6"
Height without base:14.5"
Weight:10 LBS

Original or Reproduction: Reproduction

The Snake Charmer by Charles-Arthur Bourgeois is a celebrated bronze sculpture, embodying both artistic excellence and historical significance. Bourgeois, who won the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1863, created and exhibited the original plaster version of this piece in the same year. The sculpture's immediate success led to Emperor Napoleon III commissioning a life-size bronze, which now graces the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. This smaller version reflects the widespread acclaim and demand for the work, underscoring its enduring popularity. Bourgeois’s The Snake Charmer transcends mere artistic depiction, engaging in the broader academic debate of the time regarding the classical ideal. The sculpture portrays a moment of cultural and ethnic exploration, capturing an African snake charmer in a highly detailed and realistic manner. This representation was part of a larger movement among artists to expand the traditional notions of classical beauty and idealism, incorporating diverse subjects from various ethnic backgrounds. Critics, such as de Rialle, lauded these efforts, recognizing the work's ethnographic significance and its contribution to both art and science. The piece is notable for its intricate craftsmanship, made possible through the ancient "Lost Wax Method." The charmer, with a serene expression, commands the snake with a flute, capturing a sense of mystique and cultural depth. The careful attention to detail, from the charmer's traditional attire to the lifelike texture of the snake, highlights Bourgeois’s skill and dedication. Mounted on a solid black marble base, the sculpture achieves a balance of elegance and stability, making it a valuable addition to any art collection. The Snake Charmer stands as a testament to Bourgeois’s artistic legacy and the evolving appreciation of cultural diversity in 19th-century art.