Albert Ernest Carrier-Belleuse was renowned for his figures in terra cotta and bronze. Autumn Lovers is a romantic era piece, allegorically representing the autumn season through imagery like the cornucopia, leaves and grapes in great detail. Such work would differ greatly in comparison with his best-known protégé, Auguste Rodin.
Albert Ernest Carrier-Belleuse. Autumn Lovers, 1857. Bronze, 24½ x 13 x 10 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer.