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The Lively Works of a Romantic-Era Artist

From 24 June 2014 to 28 September 2014

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux at the Musée d'Orsay

At the Musée d'Orsay, 19th-century sculptor Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux will be honored during an exhibit from June 24 until September 28, 2014.

Carpeaux studied at the famous Ecole des Beaux-Arts and later moved to Rome to study sculpting masters such as Michelangelo and Donatello. Although he held as appreciation for classical sculpture, in his work Carpeaux valued spontaneity and the authenticity of daily life.

Carpeaux is also notable due to the relatively short period during which he was active. Because he died when he was 48 years old, his master period is considered to have lasted only about 15 years. This was enough time, however, to get into the good graces of Napoleon III. The emperor even commissioned several works from the artist.

The Carpeaux retrospective at the Musée d'Orsay is the first one since 1975 to reveal his sculptures, paintings and illustrations. Carpeaux was a painter and sculptor of emotions, making him a charming example of Romantic-era artists. From subjects pulled off of the street to classic allegories, Carpeaux's work illustrates what art and life were like in the 19th century.