By Chris Ferreira
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Have you ever noticed it? A Nogent-le-Rotrou (Eure-et-Loir)at the open-air theater, there is a magnificent statue in bronze representing two dogs.
Harold Huwartmayor of the capital of Perche and keen on history, reveals all the secrets to you.
A work by Camille Gâté
This statue is the work of the Nogent sculptor Camille Gâté.
Félix Charpentier is to Chassant what Camille Gâté is to Nogent-le-Rotrou.
A ray of his family at the castle
Coming from a family of tanners, the second was born in 1856 and died in 1900 from a leg operation.
“And he tried his hand at making sculptures. There is even a ray of his family in the museum of the castle, ”continues the chosen one.
An artist known for having sculpted… busts
While he sculpted furniture in particular, the artist is also known to have specialized in bust sculpture political figures in the department. “Not to mention the animal sculptures. »
According to the mayor of Nogent-le-Rotrou, Camille Gâté also produced two award-winning sculptures at the Salon des Beaux-Arts which was held in Paris and where paintings and sculptures were exhibited.
A great speed
Pointing to the sculpture of the dogs which is located in the open-air theater, Harold Huwart says: “Representing relay dogs, this one received the first prize in 1885 and the second prize in 1887”.
The grace of Camille Gate was so big that Buenos Aires placed an order for this work of art.
“From there, sculptures reduced in size to 50 centimeters were produced. But the two originals were returned to his family and the city. »
Highlight the Republican statues
The one in the green theater was placed there at the very beginning of the 20th century.e century.
“It was a time when the IIIe Republic wanted to impose itself in the urban space by staging some large republican statues. The fine arts had to be present everywhere”, Harold Huwart.
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