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Reaching for the ballet shoe

  • Listed: January 1, 1970 12:00 am
  • Title: Reaching for the ballet shoe
  • Artist: Pierre Carrier-Belleuse
  • Origins: French
  • Format (cm): 175.3 x 91 cm.
  • Format (in): 69 x 35 ¾ in.
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  • Last Sale price: 24 960,00
  • Last Sale date:
Reaching for the ballet shoe


Pierre Carrier-Belleuse (FRENCH, 1851-1932) Reaching for the ballet shoe signed and dated ‘Pierre Carrier Belleuse.1910.’ (lower right) pastel on canvas 69 x 35 ¾ in. (175.3 x 91 cm.)
All sold and unsold lots marked with a filled square in the catalogue that are not cleared from Christie’s by 5:00 pm on the day of the sale, and all sold and unsold lots not cleared from Christie’s by 5:00 pm on the fifth Friday following the sale, will be removed to the warehouse of ‘Cadogan Tate’. Please note that there will be no charge to purchasers who collect their lots within two weeks of this sale.
Anonymous sale, Christie’s, London, 9 May 1975, lot 97.
Pierre Carrier-Belleuse was one of four artists born to Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (1824-1887), a thriving sculptor. Pierre studied at the l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, under Alexandre Cabanel (1824-1881) and Pierre Victor Galland (1822-1892). The influence of their soft palates and classical style can be seen in the present lots. He exhibited in the Salon de Paris from 1875, receiving an honourable mention in 1887 and a silver medal at the Universalle Exposition in 1889. He flourished in his depictions of Ballerinas, where his favoured medium of pastel allowed him to capture the movement of their dance. Carrier-Belleuse enjoyed working on a large scale. Between 1914 and 1916, Carrier-Belleuse and Auguste François-Marie Gorguet proposed, planned and co-created what was considered world’s largest painting:   Panthéon de la Guerre (45 ft. high and 402 ft. in circumference) containing almost 6,000 portraits, painted mostly from life.

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