“Defense Du Foyer” Bronze by Adrien Gaudez
A beautifully cast bronze of a bare chested muscular youth in a classical pose wearing only an animal fur skin around his waist. He is in the throws of pulling out a sword from its scabbard as he stands over a a bale of wheat sheaves. The bronze is titled ” Defense Du Foyer” which translated loosely means, “In Defense of home Turf”. The bronze is set on a round bronze socle; signed A. Gaudez on the base.
Adrien Etienne Gaudez, (1845–1902), was a 19thC French sculptor who studied under the tutelage of Francois Jouffroy at the Ecole Des Beaux Arts in Paris in 1862. Two years later he was exhibiting in the Paris salon until he was caught up in The Franco Prussian war. In 1870 he became a prisoner of war and while in a camp in Magdeburg, he executed a statue in memory of French prisoners of war which now stands in a cemetery in the same city, now in Eastern Germany. After the Franco Prussian war he resumed his Paris salon career but he was not very prolific and his legacy consists largely of public works.
Dimensions: 26″H (67cm) x 12″Diam base (31cm)