Bacchus And A Nymph, With Cupid – Claude Michel, Called Clodion

FRENCH, 1738-1814

In this group, as in the Bacchante and Satyr, No. 75, Clodion’s naive and happy paganism is expressed with a sophistication and finish rarely equaled in art and possible only in the century which produced him. His knowledge of form and his especial aptitude for the depiction of children are shown in the laughing Cupid who attends the Bacchic revelers, while the firm, round limbs and delicately modeled bodies of the two chief figures of the group are as convincingly alive as any substance not flesh and blood can be. The group was formerly the property of Lord Wemyss in London.