Why being born a slave? - Carpeaux

Why being born a slave? - Carpeaux

Reproduction patinated by hand. Mould made from an imprint of the original work.

In 1867, Carpeaux received from the city of Paris the order for the observatory's fountain, the imposed subject, the four cardinal points. He found the idea of figures spinning around thinking about the rotation of the ...
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Dimensions :
35 x 23 x 21 cm
Material of the original work :
Terre cuite
Artist :
Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875)
Material :
Maintenance :
Ne pas exposer à une source de chaleur directe. Nettoyage : chiffon doux et sec
Museum :
Musée d'Orsay
Theme :
Art movement :
19th century
Reference :


Original work kept at :
Nice, Musée Chéret

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The artist

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875)

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, son of a mason and a lacemaker from Valenciennes, built an exceptional destiny closely linked to the "imperial feast" of Napoleon III's reign. The one who stood out sharply in the artistic world of his time is also one of the most perfect incarnations of the cursed artist's romantic idea: by the brevity and dazzling nature of his career, concentrated over a period of fifteen years, by the violence and passion of relentless hard work on the subjects he chose or commissioned (the Pavillon de Flore du Louvre, La Danse pour l'opéra de Charles Garnier).