Bronze patina medal: Claus Sluter holding the mallet and the chisel, signed H.Bouchard, numbered 3/11, seal Foundry Siot.
Henri Bouchard was born in Dijon in 1875. Working at a Burgundy ornamentalist to learn the basics of sculpture, from the age of 20, he left for Paris and the School of Fine Arts.
Then, resident of Villa Medicis in Rome, he begins to abandon the ancient art for subjects of everyday life.
He returns to Paris and continues his career in this realistic way, describing nature, men and animals. Henri Bouchard worked until his death in 1960.
His bronzes exist only in a very small number of copies and only two or three subjects have been numbered, such as the bronze representing Claus Sluter.
Claus Sluter is probably born in Haarlem, Holland.
Registered as a stonemason on the Brussels registers in 1379, he was quickly attached (around 1383) to the Court of Philip the Bold, Duke of Burgundy ...
Two exceptional works will mark his career and his life: The Well of Moses in the Chartreuse of Champmol and the Crying Tears of Philip the Bold, exposed since the Musée des Beaux Arts in Dijon.
Henri Bouchard, Burgundian sculptor, pays homage to the most illustrious Burgundian sculptor of adoption who revolutionized the world of sculpture with a new level of expressiveness, making statues cease to be part of architecture, and so the physiognomy is treated in a naturalistic, even realistic way, thus showing expressions, which Henri Bouchard especially likes! . . .