La Reprimande by Jean Jules Salmson
A superbly cast neo-classical bronze called “La Reprimande” by the 19th century French sculptor Jean Jules Samson showing a semi nude winged Cupid standing slightly behind off to one side of a classically draped standing Psyche. Cupid has his right hand in a clasp with Psyche’s left hand in a loving half embrace as Cupid is gesticulating in a “tsk tsk” manner at Psyche’s lack of faith in doubting his love for her. Signed J. Salmson Raingo Frere foundry mark
Provenance: Estate of M.A Gromak who acquired the bronze from the Havana Club Estate in 1960.
The myth of Cupid and Psyche is probably one of the best love stories in classical mythology. Cupid, son of Aphrodite, was the personification of intense love desire and he was depicted throwing arrows to people in order to hit their heart and make them fall in love. Psyche, a beautiful maiden, personifies the human soul. In fact, she is the symbol of the soul purified by passions and misfortunes and who is, from now on, prepared to enjoy eternal happiness. In the love story of Cupid and Psyche, (meaning “soul” in Greek), we can see the perseverance of a man even when he is possessed by passion and the effort of a woman to overcome many obstacles in order to achieve the happiness of love. The subject of this bronze depicts a scene where Psyche had doubted Cupid sowing a seed of distrust in their loving relationship. Her doubts were borne out of never being given the opportunity to see Cupid in the light of day after countless nights in his loving arms. Thinking that the person she was sleeping with was a monster, she subsequently discovers Cupid was the most beautiful of men. The reprimand inscribed at the base of the bronze alludes to the gentle scolding that Psyche got at the hands of Cupid for not believing, but the reprimand seems to be happening in their lovely palace, which was always full of roses and other flowers shown strewn about on the ground around them.
Dimensions: 31″ ( 79 cm ) H x 14″ ( 36 cm ) D