Bearing the stamp of a workshop located in Sèvres
mid. 19th century
height 75 cm
Pierre Alexandre Schoenewerk (1820-1885) was a French sculptor. His father was himself a sculptor. Alexander Schoenewerk learnt with the painter Jules Jollivet and the painter and sculptor Henri Triqueti. He then followed the teaching of the famous sculptor David d'Angers. While still abroad, he could concourse the famous Prix de Rome. However, he started at the 1841 Salon with "Hagar". Schoenewerk received several orders for the Louvre Palace : "Bacchae" (Square courtyard), "The Harvest", "Autumn", "Hunting" (Cour Napoléon), "Circe", "Erigone" (Flora Wing), "Galatea" (Grand Hall), "The Struggle" (Cour Visconti), which shows his importance. He worked for the churches of Saint Augustine (Two Angels) and the Sorbonne (St. Thomas Aquinas) and came at the City Hall ("Instruction", "Letters") as well as the Paris Opera ("Lully").
In 1866, as a result of sunstroke caught during a trip to Italy, he was interned at the asylum of Charenton. He came out after two and a half years. In 1869, he married the widow of one of his friends, Adolphe Pierre Riffaut, whom died insane at Charenton. Ten years later, his new wife turned also insane. Schoenewerk appalled by the illness of his wife and sorry that his statue of "Salome", exhibited at the 1885 Salon, was not appreciated, commited suicide by jumping from the third floor of his house.
Pierre-Alexandre Schoenewerk got a third class medal at the Salon of 1845, a first-class medal in 1861, another medal in 1863, a first-class medal at the Universal Exhibition of 1878. He was decorated with the cross of the Legion of honor in 1873.
Emile Zola, who was insensitive to the romance of Schoenewerk wrote about "The Young Tarentine" in his account of the 1872 Salon: "Besides, there is a marble swoon that the tender public surrounds reverently. She's "The Young Tarentine" by Mr Schoenewerk. That's tricky. The girl lying on a rock, she was in love and met death; the wave rolls his corpse on the shore, where waiting for the beloved. High hip, his head, the face already softened and as erased by water, the body dissolves in a very soft way and any poetry; ripe for some morgue ideal. The ladies dressed in gray silk and decorated gentlemen are delighted with this delicacy in putrefaction". The 1871 marble, is now exhibited at the Musée d'Orsay.
For this Girl with the fountain , Pierre-Alexandre Schoenewerk presented his plaster at the 1873 Fair and at the Universal Exhibition of 1878, where he was awarded a first class medal. Plaster is today exhibited in the Museum of Fine Arts in Angers. Its marble is exposed meanwhile at the Museum of Art and Industry - La Piscine, in Roubaix.
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