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Clodion Claude Michel

 

 

Claude Michel

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Claude Michel, known as Clodion (December 20, 1738 March 29, 1814), was a French sculptor in the Rococo style. He was born in Nancy. Here and probably in Lille he spent the earlier years of his life. In 1755 he came to Paris and entered the workshop of Lambert Sigisbert Adam, his maternal uncle, a clever sculptor. He remained four years in this workshop, and on the death of his uncle became a pupil of J. B. Pigalle. In 1759 he obtained the grand prize for sculpture at the Academic Royale; in 1761 he obtained the first silver medal for studies from models; and in 1762 he went to Rome. Here his activity was considerable between 1767 and 1771.

Catherine II was eager to secure his presence in St Petersburg, but he returned to Paris. Among his patrons, which were very numerous, were the chapter of Rouen, the states of Languedoc, and the Direction generale. His works were frequently exhibited at the Salon. In 1782 he married Catherine Flore, a daughter of the sculptor Augustin Pajou, who subsequently obtained a divorce from him. The agitation caused by the Revolution drove Clodion in 1792 to Nancy, where he remained until 1798, his energies being spent in the decoration of houses.

Among Clodion's works are a statue of Montesquieu, a Dying Cleopatra, and a chimneypiece at present in the South Kensington Museum. One of his last groups represented Homer as a beggar being driven away by fishermen (1810). Clodion died in Paris, on the eve of the invasion of Paris by the allies.

Among the public collections holding works by Claude Michel are the Art Institute of Chicago, the Bowes Museum (County Durham, UK), the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Courtauld Institute of Art (London), the Currier Museum of Art (New Hampshire), the Detroit Institute of Arts the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Frick Collection (New York City), the Getty Museum (Los Angeles), the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Kimbell Art Museum (Fort Worth, Texas), Kunst Indeks Danmark, the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Musée Cognacq-Jay (Paris), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Musée des Beaux-Arts (Bordeaux), National Museum of Art (Cluj-Napoca), the National Gallery of Armenia, the National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.), the Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena, California) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

 

 

 


Nymph and Satyr Carousing

 


Bacchante Supported by Bacchus and a Faun, 1795

 


Faune pleurant

 


Motif mitologique

 


Poetry and Music

 


Silenus Crowned by Nymphs

 


Pair of Bacchic Figures with a Child

 


River God

 


Amor and Psyche

 


Two Mourners

 


Egyptian Woman with a Statue of God

 


Homer attacked by the dogs

 


Mourner
1766

 


Satyr and Bacchante

 


Vestal Presenting a Young Woman at the Altar of Pan

 


Vestal

 


Zephyrus and Flora

 


The Surprise

 


Mary Magdalen Penitent

 


Montesquieu

 


The Invention of the Balloon

 

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