Relief Work Frieze in stoneware
Signed and dated "A. GUILLOT. 1899" lower left. Bears three marks of the manufacture "EMILE MÜLLER" and the reference "152B" three times on the back.
H. 73 - W. 79 cm
This work is a reduction of a fragment of the Frieze of Work exhibited on the left pillar of the Porte Binet at the 1900 Universal Exhibition. Through the representation of workers carrying their tools at the head of a marching crowd, this frieze is a reflection of the workers' world in the midst of social change.
The monumental frieze was then recovered by Louis Müller who exhibited it in the courtyard of the Müller factory until 1957. The frieze is currently exhibited in the Müller Park in Breuillet (Essonne department).
Anatole Guillot's work is greatly influenced by her academic training at the École des Beaux-Arts and in the workshops of sculptors Alexandre Falguière and Jean Gautherin. He is mainly inspired by the rural and working class world, which he translates into a very naturalistic style that developed in the last decades of the 19th century.
Émile Müller's factory, also called the Grande Tuilerie, was founded in 1854 in Ivry-Port. It was mainly distinguished by the production of porcelain stoneware, a material designed for industrial use. The production of the factory was awarded in Europe and abroad at the Universal Exhibition in Chicago in 1893.