Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux


He was considered a revolutionary innovative spirit and the best sculptor of his time: Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux won the "Prix de Rome" at the age of 27 and knew how to inspire his audience like hardly anyone else. He regularly shocked major institutions, provoked with his works and performances, and yet was considered one of the most popular artists of the 2nd Empire.

His works, which is characterised by great anatomical and psychological reality while reflecting elements of the Rococo delicately and lyrically, soon became known to the imperial court at Versailles. Carpeaux thus became a teacher to the "Prince Imperial" and received important public commissions. He designed the bas-reliefs for the Pavillon de Flore in the Louvre. As a part of a sculptural group, he created "La Danse" for the façade of the Paris Opera.