Orientalist Soldier on Camel Bronze Sculpture After Jean-Baptiste Belloc (1863-1919)
This large bronze group sculpture after Jean-Baptiste Belloc (1863-1919), entitled Méhariste Triomphant (Triumphant Camel Cavalryman) depicts a victorious soldier on camel rescuing a female. Finely molded, cast and patinated. Measures 22 1/4 by 22 1/2 inches and there is no visible foundry mark
Belloc studied under Antonin Mercie and Emile Thomas at l'Ecole des Beaux-art de Paris beginning in 1882. He debuted at the Paris Salon (Salon des Artistes Francais) in 1889 and in 1890 won the second Grand Prix for a work entitled L’Âge d’or en tant qu'élève (The Golden Age). Beginning in 1897 he made several trips to Tunisia and Algeria, becoming a sculptor of the Ministry of the Colonies and a major contributor to the Orientalist movement. His works were cast by Barbedienne, Jollet et Cie, and Susse Foundry among others. The artist is included in Les Orientalists, Dictionnaire des Sculpteurs XIXe-XXe siecle, Les Editions De l'Amateur, ed. S. Richemond, 2008.