Jane Poupelet


One of the most renowned visual artists on the threshold of modernism, Jane Poupelet’s work is now on display at the Musée d'Art Moderne in Paris and the Museum of Modern Arts, New York. Even during her lifetime, her works could be admired in all the important contemporary exhibitions – such as the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts and the Galerie Bernier, Paris. The highly esteemed artist served as a jury member of the Salons d'Automne and the Tuileries. The French state recognised her services to art by making her a Knight of the Legion of Honour.

Although she was a student of Rodin and his student Lucien Schnegg, she took a different approach in terms of form. Poupelet is more attached to the classical tradition. Indeed, she associates with Rodin the play of light and shadow and the great seriousness of her works. But, Rodin's works are very expressive, moving and modernly provocative, while her timeless sculptures radiate a mild strength and inner harmony. For example, her "Bathing Woman" also appears strong and silent. She exudes a girlish charm, natural grace and deep inner peace.


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