Gaston Bussière. Brunhild, painting

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Gaston BUSSIERE (1862-1929)


Preparatory sketch for canvas
Signed on canvas’s verso
Bearing canvas dealer’s stamp on verso “Hardy Alan Paris”

A student of Cabanel then Puvis de Chavannes, Gaston Bussière exhibited at the Salon of Paris after 1885.
Fascinated by the great epics and the Wagnerian opera, he painted very poetic works influenced by Symbolism before 1906. Hercules, Roland, Tristan and Isolde, Brunhild, Joan of Arc, Ophelia and Dante were part of his heroic repertoire that he liked to represent.
Our painting is comparable with the work presented in 1894 at the Salon of French Artists no. 330 under the title “The Valkyries”. It was awarded the silver medal and auctioned at Sotheby's in Paris on June 25, 2008 under n ° 124.
Brunhild is sent by her father Wotan, the master of the gods, to punish Siegmund and Sieglinde, incestuous twins born from Wotan’s relations with a mortal. Brunhild found them while they were resting. Touched by their passionate love, she decided to help them, thus disobeying Wotan.
Brunhild’s character has inspired many paintings by Bussière. Several are known and are depicted with expressive faces, wearing armor, and her long hair is covered with a helmet: “Farewell Wotan”, in the collections of the Musee des Ursulines in Mâcon, France and the “The Awakening of Brunhild”, exhibited at Salon 1907

Condition report : Good condition, not finished.

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  • Items quantity:  1
  • Height in cm : 58 cm
  • Width in cm : 43 cm
  • Expertissim Reference: 2016050163