J. J. Pradier, Satyr e Bacchante, 1834.
James Pradier, Satyre et baccante
1834 Musée du Louvre, Paris
James Pradier (born Jean-Jacques Pradier, 1790 – 1852) was a Genevan-born French sculptor best known for his work in the neoclassical style.
The cool neoclassical surface finish of his sculptures is charged with an eroticism that their mythological themes can barely disguise.
At the Salon of 1834, Pradier's Satyre and Bacchante created a scandalous sensation: some claimed to recognize the features of the sculptor and his former mistress, Juliette Drouet, who by then had begun an affair with Victor Hugo. Others like Gustave Thoré excoriated its exhibition of 'dirty thoughts and disgusting action'.