Emmanuel Frémiet (1824-1910) is recognized as one of the best animal sculptors of the 19th century, alongside Valton or Barye, whom he succeeded as drawing teacher at the large menagerie in the Jardin des Plantes, in Paris. Nephew and pupil of François Rude, he was honored with numerous public commissions for monumental works, such as the equestrian statue of Joan of Arc on the Place des Pyramides or the sculptures of the Alexandre III bridge in Paris. His notoriety is essentially linked to the precision in the rendering of the details he demonstrates in the animal subjects that inspire him: cat, dog, horse, frog… His works are exhibited today in the largest museums in the world, and in particular at the Louvre Museum and the Orsay Museum.
The “Heron chasing a frog” is an interesting and endearing work by the charm and the quality of the naturalistic staging chosen by the artist. This is a new edition in bronze art, made from the original collection of 19th century bronzes from Maison Benneton Graveur in Paris, art publisher and engraver since 1880.