Charles van der Stappen
Educated at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels (1859-1868), van der Stappen's contribution to the Brussels Salon was "The Faun's Toilet" of 1869, and thereafter he began to produce work of a high and novel order in every class of sculpture, and soon, along with Paul de Vigne, became recognized as the leader of the section of the new Belgian school of sculpture which infused models derived from Greek and Roman models and the art of the Italian Renaissance with naturalistic detail and fleeting action.
His best-known funeral monuments are those to "Alexandre Gendebien" (1874) and "Baron Coppens," at Sheel (1875). His statues include William the Silent, set up at the Petit Sablon / Kleine Zavel Square, and two in the Brussels Museum, The Man with the Sword, and "The Sphinx". The bronze group Ompdrailles was acquired by the Belgian government (1892).
In 1893 the sculptor began his collaboration with Constantin Meunier for the elaborate decoration of the Botanical Garden of Brussels, coordinating many other sculptors for the production of some 52 sculptures for its grounds. The result of the connection may be seen in the group The Builders of Cities which is strongly imbued with the feeling and types of Meunier's sympathetic figures of workers.
- decoration on the Palais des Postes, Brussels, 1872
- statues for the Alhambra Theatre, 1874
- caryatides for the house of the Ghent architect Louis de Curte (1817-1891), 1874
- pediment sculpture Orchestration, one of the five pediment sculptures at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, for architect Jean-Pierre Cluysenaer, 1875
- noble bronze group, The Teaching of Art, on the facade of the Palace of Fine Arts, Brussels, 1880
- bronze of the painter Émile Sacré which was presented at the exhibition of Les XX in 1884
- St. Michael, for the Gothic Hall of the Hotel de Ville, Brussels, 1885
- the La Mort d'Ompdrailles monument, Brussels, depicting characters from novelist Leon Cladel, with base by architect Victor Horta, 1895-1897
- bronze monument to painter Théodore Baron (1840-1899), Namur, 1903
- figures of Antwerp and Liège for the arches of the Cinquantenaire, circa 1905
Time, bronze (Jardin Botanique National de Belgique, Meise)
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press