Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse

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bust of Carrier-Belleuse by Auguste Rodin
Hebe asleep, 1869, Paris, Musée d'Orsay
monument to André Masséna, Nice, 1869

Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse; born Albert-Ernest Carrier de Belleuse,(June 12, 1824, Anizy-le-Château, Aisne - June 4, 1887, Sèvres) was a French sculptor.


Carrier-Belleuse was a student of David d'Angers and briefly at the École des Beaux-Arts. His career is distinguished by his versatility and his work outside France: in England between 1850 and 1855[1] (working for Mintons), and in Brussels around 1871. His name is perhaps best known because Auguste Rodin worked as his assistant between 1864 and 1870. The two travelled to Brussels in 1871,[2] and by some accounts Rodin assisted Carrier-Belleuse's architectural sculpture for the Brussels Stock Exchange.

Carrier-Belleuse made many terra cotta pieces, the most famous of which may be The Abduction of Hippodameia depicting the Greek mythological scene of a centaur kidnapping Hippodameia on her wedding day. He was also made artistic director at the Manufacture nationale de Sèvres in 1876.

In 1862 Carrier-Belleuse was one of the founding members of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, and was made an Officier of the Légion d'honneur.

He also taught his sons, the painters Louis-Robert Carrier-Belleuse and Pierre Carrier-Belleuse.[3]


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  2. ^ V&A
  3. ^ The Getty
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  5. ^ The Grove encyclopedia of decorative arts, Volume 1 By Gordon Campbell
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  7. ^ Encyclopedia of nineteenth-century photography, Volume 1 By John Hannavy
  8. ^ The Grove encyclopedia of decorative arts, Volume 1 By Gordon Campbell