Carrier-Belleuse, c. 1870
|Died||4 June 1887 (aged 62)|
Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (born Albert-Ernest Carrier de Belleuse; 12 June 1824 – 4 June 1887) was a French sculptor. He was one of the founding members of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, and was made an officer of the Legion of Honour.
Carrier-Belleuse was born on 12 June 1824 at Anizy-le-Château, Aisne, France. He began his training as a goldsmith's apprentice. Carrier-Belleuse was a student of David d'Angers and briefly studied at the École des Beaux-Arts. His career is distinguished by his versatility and his work outside France: in England between 1850 and 1855 (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, 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.
Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts
In 1862 Carrier-Belleuse was one of the founding members of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, and was made an officer of the Légion d'honneur. The bronzes he executed prior to 1868 were always signed "Carrier" or "A. Carrier", but after 1868 his signature was changed to "Carrier-Belleuse".
Death and legacy
Carrier-Belleuse died on 4 June 1887 at Sèvres, France.
Works of art
- Pediment sculpture of Abundance, Pavillon de Flore, South façade of the Great Galerie, Louvre palace, Paris, circa 1863
- Caryatids themed on the four seasons, Vichy Opera, for architect Charles Badger, 1865
- Architectural sculpture for the Tribunal de commerce de Paris (Commercial Court of Paris), on the Île de la Cité, for architect Antoine-Nicolas Bailly, completed 1865
- A silvered bronze chimney-piece for the Hôtel de la Païva, Paris, 1866
- Monument to André Masséna, Nice, 1869
- Architectural work at the Brussels Stock Exchange, Brussels, circa 1870
- Mary Queen of Scots, Private Collection, ca. 1870
- Two elaborate multifigure torchères for the base of grand staircase, Palais Garnier (Paris Opera), Pairs, 1873
- Tomb of Belgian photographer Louis Ghémar, Laeken Cemetery, Brussels, 1873
- Architectural work for the Théâtre de la Renaissance, Paris, for architect Charles de Lalande, 1873
- Sea Nymph for the fountain at the Place du Theâtre-Français, Paris, for architect Gabriel Davioud, 1874
- Four Seasons fountain, Hotel de Ville, Fleurance
- Mausoleum of José de San Martín, Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral, Buenos Aires
- Equestrian statue of Mihai Viteazul, University Square, Bucharest, Romania
- Equestrian statue of Manuel Belgrano, Plaza de Mayo Square, Buenos Aires, Argentina
- Equestrian statue of Bernardo O'Higgins, Alameda, Santiago de Chile, Chile
- Statue for the victims of the La Compañía fire, originally at the place of the fire, today in front of the General Cemetery in Santiago de Chile, Chile
Bust of Carrier-Belleuse by Auguste Rodin
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