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November 27th, 2011

Washington DC – Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden – The Great Warrior of Montauban by Emile-Antoine Bourdelle
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The Great Warrior of Montauban, an 73.25-inch tall bronze sculpture, was originally executed in 1898-1900 by Emile-Antoine Bourdelle. This cast, number three in an edition of ten, was done in 1956. The muscular male nude symbolizes those who fought in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870. It was acquired as a gift of Joseph H. Hirshhorn in 1966, purchased from World House Galleries in 1959.

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, with an emphasis on contemporary and modern art, was established by Act of Congress in 1966. Gordon Bunshaft’s museum and 4-acre garden complex with a two-level sculpture garden opened along the National Mall in 1974.

The Smithsonian Institution, an educational and research institute and associated museum complex, administered and funded by the government of the United States and by funds from its endowment, contributions, and profits from its shops and its magazines, was established in 1846. Although concentrated in Washington DC, its collection of over 136 million items is spread through 19 museums, a zoo, and nine research centers from New York to Panama.

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