Arthur Marie Gabriel, Compte du Passage (French, 1838-1909)
Jeanne d'Arc, Ayant Rempli Sa Mission, Offre Son Etendard A Dieu
signed Cte Du Passage at base
oah. 33 in., lg. 30 in.
At 33 in. tall, this depiction of Joan of Arc by du Passage stands as the largest known. Another almost identical cast, smaller by 10 in., is on display at the Musée de l'Imagerie Johannique, specializing in Joan of Arc-related imagery, in Vaucouleurs, France.
Although du Passage pursued a military career in his young age, he developed a deep interest in art early on and produced a number of sporting illustrations, some of which were displayed at the 1865 Salon. He also studied sculpture with respected masters such as Antoine-Louis Barye and Pierre-Jules Mêne. In 1862, he was forced to interrupt his career in the military due to a horse fall injury. He devoted the rest of his life to sculpture and is primarily known today as an animalier. Examples of his equestrian, dog, and hunting sculptures are featured in Pierre Kjellberg's anthology Bronzes of the 19th century, published in 1987.
This impressive cast of a triumphant Joan of Arc on horseback stands out as a rare piece in Du Passage's overall oeuvre.