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The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Pages: 376
  • Illustrations: 350 in full color
  • Dimensions: 9 1/2'' x 11''
  • Format: Hardcover
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  • ISBN: 9780300204315



By James David Draper and Edouard Papet, with Elena Carrara, Nadge Horner, Laure de Margerie, Jean-Claude Poinsignon, and Philip Ward-Jackson

Prodigiously gifted and deeply tormented, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (18271875) was the greatest nineteenth-century French sculptor before Rodin. From humble origins in northern France, he rose to become the preeminent artistic genius of the Second French Empire, winning prestigious public and private commissions that admitted him to the upper echelons of society, and that remain familiar landmarks today. But behind his artistic achievements lay an anguished personal life. Carpeauxs volatile and at times violent character destroyed his marriage and alienated his children; and the cancer that eventually killed him at the age of forty-eight caused him years of unspeakable suffering.

Based on newly discovered drawings and correspondence and on a wealth of archival material, this major monograph presents the entire span of Carpeauxs career, situating the works of art in the political and aesthetic contexts of their time as well as within the artists tumultuous life. Through a close examination not only of the sculptures for which he is renowned but also of the circumstances and preliminary sketches that gave rise to them, this handsome new publication reveals Carpeaux as an embodiment of the emotionally charged artistic climate of his era. The books numerous essays, accompanied by the most detailed chronology ever published of the artists life and beautiful color illustrations of Carpeauxs wrenching representations of human forms, make this the definitive resource on Carpeaux and his creations.

376 pages, with 350 full- color illustrations. 9 1/2'' x 11''. Hardcover.

Named to The Wall Street Journal's 2014 list of the Six Best Art Books to Give for the Holidays.

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"deserves special recognition a definitive resource on the greatest 19th-century French sculptor before Rodin."
The Wall Street Journal

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