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The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux

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The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
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By James David Draper and Edouard Papet, with Elena Carrara, Nadège Horner, Laure de Margerie, Jean-Claude Poinsignon, and Philip Ward-Jackson.

Prodigiously gifted and deeply tormented, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827–1875) 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. Carpeaux's 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 Carpeaux's career, situating the works of art in the political and aesthetic contexts of their time as well as within the artist's 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 book's numerous essays, accompanied by the most detailed chronology ever published of the artist's life and beautiful color illustrations of Carpeaux's wrenching representations of human forms, make this the definitive resource on Carpeaux and his creations.

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

Prodigiously gifted and deeply tormented, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827–1875) 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. Carpeaux's 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...See More

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  • Publisher: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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  • Pages: 376
  • Illustrations: 350 in full color
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dimensions: 9 1/2'' x 11''
  • ISBN: 9780300204315
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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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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stimulates interest in entire century This is a wonderful volume. It begins with a time line of Carpeaux's life and achievements. The articles on the various milestones in Carpeaux's life are extremely well written. I found the references to less well known sculptors of the day an inspiration to go online and find illustrations of the statues referenced in the articles and learn more about those sculptors. Others may find these references without illustrations disconcerting. I have been reading the book with my laptop beside me. One gets a fine understanding of the art world in France at the time, including the political atmosphere as well as the business aspect of reproductions of popular pieces in various sizes and media. If one has the slightest interest in 19th Century French sculpture and hopes one day to visit the Musée d'Orsay, I recommend this book wholeheartedly.
Date published: 2014-06-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful and comprehensive study of Carpeaux As an avid fan and collector of Carpeaux's art this definitive volume covers all aspects of Carpeaux's life and his artistic motivations and achievements. A perfect reference book that will be of great interest to anyone interested in the most intimate details of this great artists life and death.
Date published: 2015-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Gorgeous book about an amazing artist and his life. Incredible price.
Date published: 2015-04-05
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