CHARPENTIER, Félix-Maurice
(b. 1858, Bollène, d. 1924, Paris)


French sculptor. At the age of seven he already carved wooden figures and formed clay sculptures. At the age of 16, he attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Avignon, where he learned the crafts of statue. In 1877 he moved to Paris and attended the prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts. He became a pupil of Pierre-Jules Cavelier (1814-1894) and Amédée Doublemard (1826-1900), with whom he was in friendly relationship.

Félix Charpentier exhibited in the Salon des Artistes Français regularly from 1884 onwards, and he received laudatory mentioning and several medals. In 1887 he travelled to Spain where he was inspired by the art of Goya. He visited also Rome, Florence and Naples.

In 1889 'The Improviser', cast in bronze, received the silver medal at the world's fair in Paris. In 1892 he was decorated with the medal of the French Legion of Honour.

Charpentier enjoyed his greatest success in 1893, when he got the Medal of Honour for his marble figure 'The Wrestlers'. This figure decorates the city hall square in Bollène since 1905. He created more than 40 war memorials of World War I and more than 200 busts of famous people.

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