Ottin (Auguste): 1st exposition 1874



Impressionism, a historical reconstruction:

Auguste Ottin


at the 1st ‘impressionist’ exposition in 1874

exhibited sculptures


What sculptures did Auguste Ottin exhibit in 1874?
On this page you will find an accounted impression of the 10 sculptures that Auguste-Louis-Marie Ottin exhibited at the 1st ‘impressionist’ exposition in 1874 (=1IE-1874) (catalogue numbers 119-128). 8 of them he exhibited earlier at the Salon (often he showed a copy in another material). He was the only one who showed sculptures at the ‘première exposition’ of the Société anonyme des artistes peintres, sculpteurs, graveurs, etc. Note that Auguste Ottin exhibited many sculptures with Néo-Classical themes. I will render hise works thematically and also indicate when it was exhibited at the Salon.
See the links for an account and for an explanation of the subscriptions. See for the used sources below at the main page about Auguste Ottin. Enjoy!


Paris, Jardin du Luxembourg, Fontaine de Marie de Médici:
1IE-1874-120, Acis et Galathée
1IE-1874-121, Jeune Faune
1IE-1874-122, Nymphe chasseresse,
réductions en bronze des sculptures décoratives de la fontaine Médicis, au Luxemburg.

S1852-1504, Polyphème surprenant Acis et Galathée ;
projet d’achèvement de la fontaine monumentale du Luxembourg.
EU=S1855-4521, Polyphème surprenant Acis et Galathée ;
projet d’achèvement de la fontaine monumentale du Luxembourg
S1859-p531, Acis et Galathée; groupe, marbre ;
Monuments publics
S1864-p546, Polyphème surprenant Acis et Galathée; groupe, bronze et marbre ;
(Fontaine du Jardin du Luxembourg)
S1866-p465, Jeune faune; statue, pierre.
S1866-p465, Jeune chasseresse; statue, pierre ;
Fontaine de Médicis, jardin du Luxembourg

Note: the dating is not quite clear. Most sources render 1866. But on an information shield on the Fontaine de Marie de Medici it is indicated Auguste Ottin made this work in 1863. But his submission for the Salon of 1852 indicates that he at least started in 1852. The information of the Salon of 1852 and 1855 doesn’t indicate the sculptures were ready, probably Ottin exhibited studies in other material. Probably in 1859 he had finished the marble group of Acis and Galathea and in 1864 also the bronze statue of Polythème (or: Polyphemus). And only in 1866 he exhibited the stone statues of Pan (a jeune faune) and Diana (a jeune chasseresse). It is not clear if they were already finished in 1863. At the 1st ‘impressionist’ exposition in 1874 Ottin exhibited bronze reductions.



Young woman carrying a vase:
1IE-1874-123, Jeune femme portant un vase, terre cuite
1IE-1874-124, Jeune femme portant un vase, terre cuite
S1857-3044, Jeune fille portant un vase; groupe, marbre
S1861-3532, Jeune fille tenant un vase; statue, marbre

Probably Auguste Ottin made two versions of a young woman carrying a vase. It is unclear why one time it is called a group of marble (Salon 1857) and one time a marble statue (Salon 1861). Probably Ottin exhibited at the 1st ‘impressionist’ exposition in 1874 terracotta versions. I only found one marble version of Ottin himself. So, I also render a plaster version of another artist that is made after a statue of Ottin, but note that there are several differences with the statue in Poitiers.


1IE-1874-125, Buste, terre cuite
S1841-2101, Buste de M. G…; marbre
S1842-1994, Buste de M. Quesnault, avocat-général à la cour de cassation; marbre
S1842-1995, Buste du comte Chaptal; marbre
S1848-4866, Buste de M. de Prony, marbre
S1850-3548, Cheminée monumentale destinée à un Palais de Florence: / Buste de Charles Fourrier
S1852-1505, Mlle Richardot, buste; plâtre
S1853-1467, Portrait de Mlle Isabelle Constant; buste ; marbre
SdAF-1886-4379, Portrait de M. Cantagrel; buste, marbre

1IE-1874-126, Buste de Ingres, réduction en plâtre.
S1842-1996, Buste de M. Ingres; bronze
S1855-4522, Portrait de M. Ingres; buste, marbre
S1868-3782, J. P. D. Ingres; buste, marbre;

1IE-1874-128, Buste de M. B***, terre cuite.
S1863-2512, Portrait de Monseigneur de Belsunce; buste, bronze

Auguste Ottin exhibited many bustes at the Salon and 3 at the 1st ‘impressionist’ exposition in 1874. The first one, just called ‘buste’ is very hard to identify. Regrettably I only could find 3 bustes made by Auguste Ottin. Note that he exhibited a buste of Ingres one of the main figures within Néo-Classicism.



Amour et Psychè:
1IE-1874-119, Amour et Psyché, groupe marbre.
S1847-2137, L’Amour et Psyché; marbre
S1861-3533, Amour et Psyché; groupe, marbre

Probably based on the mythology of Amor and Psyche (or: Cupid and Eros), see. This theme is rendered by several artists.
Regrettably I could not find a picture of this marble sculpture made by Auguste Ottin. To compare I render a marble statue of another artist, which is made in 1845, around the same time that Ottin showed this theme for the first time at the Salon ↓:

Le Vengeur:

1IE-1874-127, Le dernier mousse du Vengeur, plâtre

Auguste Ottin didn’t show a work with this theme at the Salon. Regrettably I could not find a picture of this plaster sculpture of Auguste Ottin. To compare I render a plaster sculpture made by another artist rendering the sinking of the boat ‘Le Vengeur’ and people disappearing in the foam of the waves, which most likely represents the same theme as Ottin depicted ↑.



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