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Cire Trudon L' Esclave Wax Bust

Pourquoi naître esclave (Why born a slave)is the name given by sculptor and painter Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875) to a series of busts he created around 1870. At the heights of his career, Carpeaux was commissioned by the city of Paris to design the Fontaine de l'Observatoire and slightly modified the theme imposed on him – the four cardinal points – by replacing them with allegoric characters personifying Europe, Africa, Asia and America. While he was working on the representation of Africa, he came up with the idea of the bust of the Négresse Captive. Obsessed with faithful representations of human movement, he sculpted his slave at an angle in order to express revolt.

Height: 35cm
Colour: Stone 
Available by special order only 
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