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  • © Urheberrechte am Werk erloschen
    • Louis Tuaillon (1862 - 1919)

  • TitleAmazonVerkleinerung
  • DateOrginal 1890-95
  • CategorySkulptur
  • MaterialBronze
  • DimensionsH 56 cm (Objektmaß)
  • Signaturesigniert auf der Plinthe: "L. Tuaillon"
  • Inscriptionbezeichnet hinten: "H. Noack Berlin-Friedrichshagen"
  • FondsStudiensammlung Waldemar Grzimek
  • Inventory NumberBG-S-SG 1098/87
  • CreditlineErworben aus Mitteln des Senators für Kulturelle Angelegenheiten Berlin,, 1985
  • On DisplayYes

Following the increased presence of women in the public sphere and their demands for equal rights, the Amazon, a female warrior in Greek mythology, did not cease to stoke male phantasies in the 19th century, too. In French literature and art, Amazons were presented in contemporary attire (cf. Charles Baudelaire and Edouard Manet). Tuaillon, however, a disciple of Begas, creates an Amazon inspired by the art of the ancient world during his sojourn in Rome from 1890 to 1895. Holding a simple battle-axe in her right hand, with her left she calmly leans on the back of the horse which she rides without a saddle. Modelling his sculpture on ancient examples, Tuaillon succeeds in evoking an impression of enormous monumentality, which is even present in the small-scale version. In spite of its undeniable quality, Tuaillon’s Amazon does not inspire the disturbingly anachronistic feeling of her French contemporaries. The original, almost life-size version, which also found favour with that most eminent of art conaisseurs, Kaiser Wilhelm II., was directly bought by the National Gallery.