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Negresse Captive: Medium (1869)
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By artist Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875), in the Musee d'Orsay, Paris

This arresting bust captures the brutality ravaging the human spirit. Artist Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, best known for his ability to translate emotion and movement, here recalls the humanity of this young woman who refuses to be dispirited. Exhibited at the Salon in 1869, it was purchased by the Emperor Napoleon III and put in the Chateau de Saint-Cloud. This remarkable historic work is a fitting tribute to personal dignity despite the odds. Our Basil Street Gallery exclusive is cast in designer resin directly from the original artist's reduction and hand-finished in faux stone to highlight the sculpt.
Medium: 10"Wx7"Dx12"H. 4 lbs.
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   Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875)




Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux was a French painter and sculptor. After his rise to fame, Carpeaux received many portrait commissions during the Second Empire. Of his many sculptures, Carpeaux is best known for his series that includes Mademoiselle de la Danse, which he sculpted for the faade of the Paris Opera House.

Carpeaux sculpture won the Prix de Rome in 1854 and to further his inspirations, moved to Rome to study the works of the Italian masters. While in Rome, Carpeaux developed a taste for the Baroque Movement, identifying with the movement and spontaneity of the style, as can be seen in the Flore frieze.

Carpeaux sculpted using living subjects he discovered on the streets, creating sculptures in intimate detail and in balanced poses, breaking with the classical tradition of sculpting. He managed to sculpt dignity and emotion, such as with the Negress Captive, in such a way that revolutionized sculpting.

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