Antoine Bourdelle – along with Auguste Rodin – is one of the pioneers of 20th century monumental sculpture. The Musée Bourdelle in Paris has recently been given a lighting update with LED technology using ERCO’s photometric precision to enhance the dynamic style of Bourdelle’s sculptures for optimised three-dimensionality.
His powerful body strains with the resistance of the bow in his hands. Positioned atop a huge boulder, he braces himself with legs spread wide, his feet anchored against the rocks. Flexing every bulging muscle, his gaze is fixed on the target, the arrow poised to shoot. Inspired by Greek mythology, the bronze sculpture “Hercules the Archer” by Antoine Bourdelle depicts the hero set to kill a flock of monstrous birds with his poison-tipped arrows. Today, there are many versions of the virile sculpture in prestigious collections across the world, including of course at the Musée Bourdelle in Paris.