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 Pierre-Francois Berruer



Pierre-Francois Berruer         Pages: 1

(b Paris, 17 Dec 1733; d Paris, 4 April 1797).

French sculptor. He studied under Michel-Ange Slodtz and won the Prix de Rome in 1756. After a period at the Ecole Royale des Elèves Protégés in Paris, he spent the years 1759–63 at the Académie de France in Rome. On his return to France he was accepted (agréé) by the Académie Royale in 1765 and received (reçu) as a full member in 1770 on presentation of the bas-relief Louis XV Rewarding Painting and Sculpture (marble; Paris, Louvre). He presented several models for monuments at the Salon, including one for the tomb of Claude-Henri, Comte d’Harcourt, in 1771 (unexecuted), as well as portrait busts and terracotta statuettes on gallant themes; the latter (e.g. Fidelité, c. 1771; Besançon, Mus. B.-A. & Archaeol.) were popular with contemporary collectors such as Ange-Laurent de La Live de Jully, Claude-Henri Watelet, the Duc de Choiseul and Pierre-Adrien Pâris. Despite assiduous attempts to gain Crown patronage, he executed only one work for the King, a statue of Chancelier d’Aguesseau (marble, exh. Salon 1779; Versailles, Château) for the series of Illustrious Frenchmen commissioned by Charles-Claude de Flahaut de La Billarderie, Comte d’Angiviller.



Figure of a nymph


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