Henri Chapu (1833-1891)

French sculptor Henri Chapu created sculptures in a modified Neoclassical tradition and often integrated deep allegorical symbolism in his works.

Chapu intended originally to study drawing in hopes of becoming an interior decorator. His talent was recognized in 1849 when Chapu was admitted into the cole des Beaux Arts. Chapu won the Prix de Rome in 1855 and spent the next five years in Italy where he created his first successful sculptures, Mercury, in 1861, and Jeanne d Arc in 1870. Another popular Chapu sculpture is Le Genie de l Immortalitie.

Chapu s last major work was a monument to Gustave Flaubert, which he created in 1890.


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