Etienne-Maurice Falconet

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Etienne-Maurice Falconet

9 artworks

French artist

Born 1716 - Died 1791

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Milo of Croton

circa 1740

Bronze

Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

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L'Amour Menaçant

1757

Marble

185 cms | 72 3/4 ins

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Winter

1763-1771

Marble

Hermitage, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

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Bathing Girl

Marble

Musee du Louvre, Paris, France

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Louis XV

Porcelain

33 cms | 12 3/4 ins

Private collection, ,

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FALCONET, ETIENNE MAURICE (1716-1791), French sculptor, was born in Paris. His parents were poor, and he was at first apprenticed to a carpenter, but some of his clay-figures, with the making of which he occupied his leisure hours, attracted the notice of the sculptor Lemoine, who made him his pupil. He found time to study Greek and Latin, and also wrote several brochures on art. [...] One of his most successful statues was one of Milo of Crotona, which secured his admission to the membership of the Academy of Fine Arts in 1754. At the invitation of the empress Catherine he went in 1766 to St Petersburg, where he executed a colossal statue of Peter the Great in bronze. In 1788 he became director of the French Academy of Painting. Many of Falconet's works, being placed in churches, were destroyed at the time of the French Revolution. His Nymphe descendant au ham is in the Louvre.

Among his writings are Reflexions sur la sculpture (Paris, 1768), and Observations sur la statue de Marble (Paris, 1771). The whole were collected under the title of OEuvres littiraires (6 vols., Lausanne, 1781-1782).

Source: Entry on the artist in the 1911 Edition Encyclopedia.