Francisque Joseph Duret

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Francisque Joseph Duret, Fontaine Saint-Michel, Paris

Francisque Joseph Duret (French pronunciation: ​[fʁɑ̃sisk ʒɔzɛf dyʁɛ]) (1804–1865) was a French sculptor, son and pupil of François-Joseph Duret (1732–1816).

He also studied under Bosio, and won the Prix de Rome in 1823. In 1833 he exhibited his Neapolitan Fisher Dancing the Tarantella, now in the Louvre, a spirited statue in bronze, which established his reputation. In the same class is his Neapolitan Improvisatore (1839, Leipzig Museum). His works executed for public buildings include: France Protecting her Children (1855), a group in the grand style for the Louvre; two bronze caryatids for the tomb of Napoleon in the Invalides; a colossal Christ in the church of the Madeleine; the statues of Comedy and Tragedy for the Théâtre Français; marble statues of Dunois, Philippe of France, Chateaubriand, and Richelieu at Versailles; and the group for the Fontaine Saint-Michel, representing that saint wrestling with Satan.

He received the medal of honor in 1855, was an Officer in the Legion of Honor, and was made a member of the Institut de France in 1845. As professor in the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, he was more influential through his teaching than through his works. Among his students was Louis-Léon Cugnot.

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