François-Raoul Larche (1860 Saint-André-de-Cubzac - 1912 Paris) was a French Art Nouveau sculptor whose work included several figures of Christ, but who may be better known for his numerous female figures, both nude and draped.
Another well-known sculpture, Les Violettes, depicts a group of nude children with an older girl who may be their mother or older sister. Their bodies are entwined with flower stems and leaves and they are all wearing petal bonnets, suggesting that they are meant to represent the spirits of flowers.
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- Photos of works by Larche, page 1 of 3 (RMN)
- Gilded bronze electric lamp in the shape of the American dancer, Loie Fuller (National Gallery of Australia)
- L'apotre (ewolfs.com)
- Tempete et ses Nuees (iCollector.com)
- Seated female nude (treadwaygallery.com)
- Jesus as a boy (p4a.com)
- Skinner Inc. catalogue with image of gilt Les Violettes statuette (pdf)
- Jeanne d'Arc, bergère
- François-Raoul Larche in American public collections, on the French Sculpture Census website
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