The Triqueti room at the Musée des Beaux-Arts d’Orléans

1. The Triqueti room at the Musée des Beaux-Arts d’Orléans
Photo : Musée des Beaux-Arts d’Orléans

23/11/10 – Museum – Orléans, Musée des Beaux-Arts – The beautiful exhibition highlighting Henri de Triqueti staged by Montargis and Orleans in 2007 (see article) resulted in a much improved presentation of this great sculptor at both museums [1].

The Musée des Beaux-Arts in Orleans thus opened, about a year ago, a space entirely devoted to the Triqueti works in its collections, most of which had not been displayed previously. The setting is very accomplished (ill. 1), quite elegant, and enhances the sculptures particularly well. Visitors can now once again enjoy the terracottas (ill. 2), the bronzes which we know are often unique due to Triqueti’s personal wealth meaning he did not have to multiply copies, and the marbles.

2. Henri de Triqueti (1803-1874)
Genius Flying, with a Lion, 1867
Terracotta - 30.5 x 46 x 6.5 cm
Orléans, Musée des Beaux-Arts
Photo : Didier Rykner

3. Henri de Triqueti (1803-1874)
The Prophet Ezeckiel, 1857
Terracotta - 36 x 19.5 x 21.5 cm
Orléans, Musée des Beaux-Arts
Photo : Musée des Beaux-Arts d’Orléans

4. Henri de Triqueti (1803-1874)
Concert of Angels, c. 1872
Plaster - 60 x 61 x 5 cm
Orléans, Musée des Beaux-Arts
Photo : Musée des Beaux-Arts d’Orléans

There are also some sculptures which had not been included in the retrospective nor reproduced in the catalogue, such as the very beautiful The Prophet Ezekiel (ill. 3). A large plaster medallion (ill. 4) was even found in storage, apparently unknown and never inventoried. This is a model for a marble, Concert of Angels held in a private collection.

A small book presenting the Orléans holdings was published for the occasion, rounding out the artist’s bibliography. Triqueti is undoubtedly one of the best 19th century sculptors and therefore definitely deserves a catalogue raisonné to group all of his works, which, despite the exhibition remain largely unedited.

Véronique Galliot-Rateau, Henry de Triqueti 1803-1874, sculpteur, collections du Musée des Beaux-Arts d’Orléans, Amis des Musées d’Orléans/Musée des Beaux-Arts d’Orléans, 2009, 74p., 15€. ISBN : 9782910173364

Didier Rykner, mardi 23 novembre 2010


[1] See note 1 of the articleon the exhibition for more about the spelling of his first name (Henri or Henry).

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