Famous woman of the New Testament, Salome is the daughter of Herodias, who, at the death of her husband, married his brother Herod the tetrarch. Saint John the Baptist for whom it was not permitted such a marriage, thus attracted the resentment of Herodias. One day Herod gave a great feast. Salome danced so well and charmed everyone that the owner of the place declared that she would be given what she wanted. Pushed by his mother, Salome asked that the head of John the Baptist be brought to him on a plate, which was done.
Jules Desbois belongs to this group of practitioners who, after an initial training in the provinces, arrive in Paris where they join Rodin's workshop to create ornaments and participate in the master's numerous commissions. Under the influence of the latter, his personal work is made movements and expressions as in this Salomé created around 1912.
The tormented drapery holds wet drape on the thighs, and bubbling at the base to better suggest the speed of movement and instability of the figure. This part of the work is reminiscent of Samothrace's Victory. But unlike the latter, the general movement is not so much forward rather than upward, in the taste of the art of the beginning of this century.
The sensual bust, the tension of the body is felt from the solid anatomy training of the sculptors influenced by Rodin.
Reproduction in patinated resin
Height: 49 cm
Width: 26.5 cm
Depth: 13 cm
Museum: Paris - Museum of Orsay
Artist: Jules Desbois (1851-1935)