Anisy-le-Château, Aisne 1824 - Sèvres, Hauts-de-Seine 1887

Maker: Denière

L'Amour et l'Amitié

Love and Friendship

c. 1857



Dimensions (HxWxD): 30 x 12 in.

signed: A. Carrier
foundry's mark: Deniere

Acc. No.: 84.23

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Helen A. Sturm

Photo credit: ph. courtesy Minneapolis Institute of Art

© Artist:


  • 1981, Minneapolis, Mrs. Helen A. Sturm
  • 1984, Gift of Mrs. Helen A. Sturm


  • Museum's website, October 9, 2015


  • 1986 Minneapolis
    The Art of Collecting, 1980-85, Minneapolis, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, February 16-April 20, 1986

    1990-1991 Minneapolis
    What's Art?, Minneapolis, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, July 25, 1990-June 13, 1991


  • Museum's website, October 10, 2015 :
    Carrier-Belleuse made his Salon debut in 1850, but it was the exhibition of works such as Love and Friendship at the 1857 Salon that gained the sculptor recognition. The allegorical pairing of Love and Friendship first became popular in the 1750s under Madame de Pompadour's patronage, but fell out of fashion by the end of the 18th century. At a time when Rococo themes and styles were once again en vogue, Carrier-Belleuse reintroduced this subject. Love, in the form of Cupid, confides in Friendship, who is accompanied by a dog, a symbol of her fidelity. Further features such as the heart on the dog's collar and doves perched on Love's bow, are symbols traditionally associated with the theme of love.