Canadian Fine Art

May 29June 03, 2021
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LOT 60

Lot 60


Lot 60 Details

LA CHUTE, 1902

patinated bronze
signed, titled, dated, and inscribed "Roman Bronze Works Inc Sc.C."
excluding base 8 ins x 6 ins x 4.5 ins; 20.3 cms x 15.2 cms x 11.4 cms

Estimate $3,000-$5,000

Realised: $8,400
Price Includes Buyer's Premium ?

Lot Report

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Setadel Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
Arto Yuzbasiyan, Toronto, ON
Estate of Robert Young, Nova Scotia


Hébert’s nudes are known for their masterful handling as well as for their dramatic poses. Women—especially the nude—were a favoured subject for Hébert, which he believed to be the epitome of beauty and the ultimate test of a sculptor’s skill. A certain primness was characteristic of Québécois and Canadian audiences at the time, which Hébert skirted by presenting his nude sculptures as allegories. In La Chute, Hébert personifies the waterfall in the form of a nymph, perhaps a naiad from Greek mythology.

Hébert regularly travelled to Paris to absorb the energies of the greatest artists of the period and to gain inspiration. Perhaps this bronze was inspired by the naiad that presides over the Fontaine Medicis in the Jardin du Luxembourg in the 6th Arrondissement of Paris, sculpted by Claude Ramey. It also prefigures one of Hébert’s most enduring sculptures, the Monument à John Young, a fountain situated in the Vieux-Port de Montréal. One of the four bronze elements of that monument is the allegorical figure of the River God holding a bowl from which water flows into the basin below--and echoes the pose of La Chute.

This lot is accompanied by a letter of authentication from Bernard Desroches of Galerie Bernard Desroches, dated April 22, 1987. The letter describes this lot as a unique casting.


The work is in good condition with a minute condition issue. Please contact us for a detailed report.

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LOT 60

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  • 5 Stars: Excellent - No discernable damage, flaws or imperfections
  • 4 Stars: Very Good - Minor flaws or imperfections visible only under close inspection using specialised instruments or black light
  • 3 Stars: Good - Minor flaws visible upon inspection under standard lighting
  • 2 Stars: Fair - Exhibits flaws or damage that may draw the eye under standard lighting
  • 1 Star: Poor - Flaws or damage immediately apparent under standard lighting (examples: missing components, rips, broken glass, damaged surfaces, etc.)

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