French sculptor. He was the son of the sculptor David Bertrand (d. 1697), who is best known for a series of elaborate plaster overmantels, probably dating from the 1690s, of which two survive at the chteau of Dampierre, Seine-et-Oise. In 1694 Philippe Bertrand supplied four circular stone allegorical medallions for the Arc de Triomphe in the Place du Peyrou in Montpellier (in situ). The Baroque elaboration of their composition and drapery is also apparent, in more refined form, in the small bronze group of the Rape of Helen
(e.g. Fontainebleau, Chteau) with which Bertrand was admitted to the Acadmie Royale in 1701. The medium of bronze suited Bertrand s fondness for fluid, graceful, and often flying bodies. Even in the grim subject of Prometheus Exposed he arranged the tortured man s limbs to elegant effect. His group of Mercury conducting Psyche to Heaven (Salon of 1704) is virtually a reworking of the Rape of Helen
design, with buoyant additional grace and sense of lightness - suitably enough for its theme of celestial ascent.
From 1705 he worked principally for the Btiments du Roi. His work under the direction of Jules Hardouin-Mansart included a plaster statue of St Satyrus, one of 11 statues by various hands planned for the four circular chapels at the Invalides (c. 1705; destroyed), and a rather academic female personification of Air for the Cascade Champètre in the park at the chteau of Marly (marble, 1706-09; Paris, Louvre).
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