Bust Of Ceres
Bust Of Ceres
Bust Of Ceres
Bust Of Ceres


Bust Of Ceres

1795 France

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Biographical references:
- Pierre Sanchez, Dictionnaire des artistes exposant dans les salons des XVII et XVIIIeme siècles à Paris et en province 1673-1800, II, Dum-Me, L’échelle de Jacob (Dijon) 2004, p. 1140.
- Stanislas Lami, Dictionnaire des sculpteurs de l’école française au dix-huitième siècle, 1911 [Kraus Reprint, 1970], pp. 108-111.

Comparative literature:
- Playing with fire. European terracotta models, 1740-1840, exhib. cat. by James D. Draper and Guilhem Scherf, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, January-April 2004
- De Pigalle à Canova. Terrecuites européennes 1740-1840, musée du Louvre, Paris, September 2003-January 2004
- Joseph-Charles Marin (1759-1834), exhib. cat., Galerie Patrice Bellanger, Paris, March 1992.
- Clodion, 1738–1814, exhib. cat. by Anne L. Poulet and Guilhem Scherf, musée du Louvre, Paris, March-June 1992, pp. 405-413.

- Paris, Salon, 1795, n. 1058 “Tête de Cérès, terre cuite”

This terracotta is the Head of Ceres that Marin presented at the Salon of 1795. The bust, in the form of a herm, echoes the artist’s new Neo-classical aspirations. Here, Marin takes up an allegorical subject that has resonances with the iconography of the age of the Revolution. As the personification of the earth’s abundance she wears a crown of ears of corn and fruit adorn her hair. The young woman’s face has been idealised à l’antique but it is softened by her rich, flowing hair. While Marin’s small busts and statuettes of nymphs are well known and dispersed amongst museums and private collections, this type of bust in the shape of a herm and of large dimensions is very rare. The only comparable terracotta known is a bust of a Young Woman , also in the form of a herm. Signed by Marin and of similar dimensions (43 cm high), it shows a young woman looking downwards, with her hair kept in a headband à l’antique. A statuette showing Cybele seated between two lions, similar in its classical iconography of an Earth goddess with a wreath of grapes and wheat in her hair, is attributed to Marin (Musée Cognac-Jay, Paris).

As a young student, Marin was a protégé of Augustin Pajou. He worked most frequently in clay and favoured bacchic themes, a taste he shared with Clodion. While he emulated the latter’s graceful style, he created original works which show his remarkable ability to render subtle material contrasts.
Height 37.50 cm (14.76 inches)
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