Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875)

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (11 May 1827 – 12 October 1875) was a French sculptor and painter during the Second Empire under Napoleon III. Born in Valenciennes, Nord, son and grandson of a mason, like many nineteenth-century French sculptors, Carpeaux was from the working class. His early studies were under François Rude. Carpeaux entered the École des Beaux-Arts in 1844 and won the Prix de Rome in 1854, and moving to Rome to find inspiration, he there studied the works of Michelangelo, Donatello and Verrocchio. Carpeaux sought real life subjects in the streets and broke with the classical tradition

Ugolino and His Sons (Metropolitan Museum of Art-NY)

Mater Dolorosa



The Chinese


Neapolitan Fisherboy

The Four Parts of the World Holding the Celestial Sphere
(Orsay Museum Paris)


The Smoker (1863)

Why born slave ?

Laughing Mask


French architect Charles Garnier

Mademoiselle Fiocre

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