FRANCOIS-RUPERT CARABIN (1862 - 1932)
Symbolist sculpture, "Femme et Grenouille," France, 1907
Carved and stained wood
Carved signature and date
12 1/2" x 13" x 9"
Provenance: Collection of Jerome Shaw, Florida
Rupert Carabin’s métier was as a sculptor of wood and his reputation rested on his impudent, often explicitly erotic, subjects. This sculpture, shown at the 1907 Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, reveals the psychological and sexual tension that characterizes his art. A nude young woman crouches alongside a water lily pond, gazing at a frog emerging from under a lily pad. But the frog is metamorphosing into a man: one of its feet has become a hand, and its face, only half emerged from
the water, is already human. Conversely, one of the woman’s feet has turned amphibian. This is not the charming old fairy tale but, rather, a prelude to a strangely erotic, very different narrative. The sculpture is discussed and illustrated in Paris, Galerie du Luxembourg, w (1974), cat. 20. – Dr. Martin Eidelberg
Several splits throughout.