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A pioneer of modern sculpture, Antoine Bourdelle studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris and worked as an assistant to Augustin Rodin, who greatly admired the younger artist's work. In 1888 Bourdelle produced the first of a series of sculptural portraits of Ludwig van Beethoven, in which the artist orchestrated powerful billowing shapes to convey the creative spirit or genius of the composer. The artist inscribed a quote from Beethoven in the lower left: "My domain is the air; when the wind rises my soul swirls."

Credit: Gift of Carrie Moss Halle in memory of Salmon Portland Halle...

59.2 x 42.0 x 52.1 cm
Image and text: The Cleveland Museum of Art, 2023

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