Egide Rombaux 1865-1942
N03031 Le Premier Matin (The First Morning) 1913
Inscribed 'EGIDE ROMBAUX' on back of base
Marble, 64 ½ x 40 x 56 ¾ (164 x 101.5 x 144)
Presented by artists and other subscribers as a tribute to Belgian Art 1915
Prov: Purchased by the donors from the artist for £800
Exh: Salon du Printemps, Palais du Cinquantenaire, Brussels, April-June 1913 (635, repr.); XI Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte della Città di Venezia, Venice, April-October 1914 (Belgium 177); RA, London, May-August 1915 (1906)
Lit: Studio, LXVI, 1915, p.47; L. Grandmoulin, 'Notice sur Egide Rombaux' in Annuaire de l'Académie Royale de Belgique, CXVII, 1951, pp.271, 284
Repr: Colour, III, 1915, p.56; Jean Delville and others, Belgian Art in Exile (London 1916), n.p.; Marguerite Devigne, La Sculpture Belge, 1830-1930 (Brussels 1934), fig.55
According to Grandmoulin, Rombaux considered this sculpture to be his finest work. The subject is Eve waking from sleep on the first morning after the Creation. A sketch in plaster 58.5cm high and a small study in terracotta belong to the Mus?es Royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brussels.
The gift was due to the action of 'Sir Edward Poynter, the President, and various Members and Associates of the Academy, including Sir Thomas Brock, Sir W. Goscombe John, Mr Hamo Thornycroft, Mr D.Y. Cameron, Mr Hughes-Stanton, Mr W.B. Richmond, Mr John Lavery, Sir Aston Webb, and Sir E.A. Waterlow, who decided to raise a fund to enable the statue to be retained in England' (Studio, loc. cit.).
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.651, reproduced p.651