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Jef Lambeaux

The Wounded Man


Jef Lambeaux
Antwerp 1852 – Brussels 1908


The Wounded Man


Between 1897 and 1899 (possibly a single cast, about 1899)




59 x 82.5 x 56 cm


Cast J. Petermann, Brussels


Gift in memory of Marc-Aimé Guérin, inv. 2013.538


Western Art

Jef Lambeaux, an accomplished sculptor with a romantic side, infused his work with a certain amount of modernity. His renown is owed to the production and sales of small versions of his works: these “reductions” gradually became an essential addition to every bourgeois interior, establishing him as a prominent figure of Belgian art. This sculpture falls within a long iconographic tradition, from the Dying Galatian of antiquity to the Tarcisius, Christian Martyr of the nineteenth-century French artist Alexandre Falguière. The expression of physical suffering seen here is particularly reflective of the style of Auguste Rodin, Lambeaux’s contemporary. The same passion drove the two powerful modellers, who introduced a type of expressionism to sculpture.

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