Jules Desbois (Parçay-les-Pins 1851–1935 Paris)
A Satyr and a Nymph
Height 71 cm
Signed and dated on the reverse ‘DESBOIS. 1886’
Jules Desbois often explored movement in his sculptures and this powerful sculpture of a satyr catching a nymph in a net shows his interest in expressing the muscularity of the male torso, which is juxtaposed with the vulnerability of the female nymph, and effect of the dynamic twisting motions, evidence of his interest in both the sculptures of antiquity and the work of Rodin.
In 1886 he exhibited a marble version of A Satyr and Nymph at the Salon and was awarded a first class medal.