Jean-Joseph Perraud

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Jean-Joseph Perraud
Lyrical Drama, Palais Garnier, Paris

Jean-Joseph Perraud (26 April 1819, Jura - 2 November 1876) was a French academic sculptor. According to Eaton, "During the Second Empire no sculptor enjoyed a greater reputation", although his style fell out of fashion soon after his death.


Perraud was a student at the École des Beaux-Arts from 1843 under Etienne-Jules Ramey and Augustin-Alexandre Dumont, co-winner of the Prix de Rome in 1847, officer in the Legion of Honor in 1867, and member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts.

Perraud is buried at Montparnasse Cemetery.

Major works[edit]

  • Télémaque apportant à Phalante l'urne renfermant les cendres d'Hippias (based on Fénelon's The Adventures of Telemachus)
  • Childhood of Bacchus from 1863 and now at the Louvre
  • figure of Jérôme Lalande, facade of the Louvre
  • Lyrical Drama figural group on the facade of the Palais Garnier, 1865–69
  • figure of Berlin on the facade of the Gare du Nord
  • Despair, at the Musée d'Orsay, 1869
  • statue of Saint Denis, at the Church of St Vaast, Arras, Pas-de-Calais


  • Daniel Cady Eaton, A Handbook of Modern French Sculpture, Dodd, Mead and Company, 1913

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