Centaur at the Village Blacksmith
Department of Art after 1800
|Date||model: before 1895; marble carving: before 1895|
78.5 × 58 × 43 cm, 171 kg
|Collection||Department of Art after 1800|
|On view||Hungarian National Gallery Building D, First Floor, From Delacroix to Vasarely – Highlights from the Collection of International Art after 1800, Cabinet|
As a pioneering artist, Charles van der Stappen sought to free himself from the academic shackles of Belgian sculpture and guide it on the path to development. His art is based on a love of nature, and he drew inspiration from clear and simple forms.
Through the power of suggestion, his subjects are captured in harmonious movement or a state of repose and are characterised by a kind of austere charm.
Heroic in spirit, the sculpture Imperious Chimera is a perfect example of the artist’s painterly approach. He has sought to illustrate the subject’s emotional state by means of the strange postures adopted by the symbolic figures depicted at the base of the sculpture. The work was purchased by the Hungarian State for the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest at the exhibition of the Association of Fine Arts in 1897. It was subsequently mentioned under other variants of the title, including Hubris and Pride. The ambiguity of the original French title – Impérieuse chimère – corresponds to the esoteric quality of symbolist art.
This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.