Henri ChapuJoan of Arc at Domrémy© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
This large marble statue, deposited at the Amboise Town Hall for more than thirty years, has returned to the Musée d'Orsay. The genesis and success of this work, realistic and yet far from academic, are studied in this exhibition.
Nineteenth-century sculptors often represented the warring Joan of Arc, on horseback, kneeling or standing... Whereas here Chapu, following Rude, chose the peaceful image of the shepherdess hearing voices.
Edouard Papet, curator, Musée d'Orsay