Etienne-Maurice Falconet (1716-1791)
Falconet was born on December 1, 1716 into a poor family in Paris. He was a French sculptor and a pupil of Lemoyne who made him his student. Under Louis XV he became director of sculpture at the Svres porcelain factory, where many small reproductions of his work were made. Versatile in his expression, he combined baroque and classical elements. His consummate skill is revealed in his equestrian statue of Peter the Great (1769) for St. Petersburg. Six volumes of his urbane and erudite writings were published in 1781. He had one painter son named Pierre Etienne Falconet. Etienne Maurice Falconet died January 24, 1791.
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