CARPEAUX, Jean-Baptiste
(b. 1827, Valenciennes, d. 1875, Courbevoie)

Antoine Watteau

Bronze, height 123 cm
Musée d'Orsay, Paris

In 1860, Carpeaux had the idea of presenting his native town of Valenciennes with a monument to another of that town's famous sons, Watteau. He worked on the monument for the rest of his life but died before it was finished. The sketch of the frail painter is modelled in delicate touches in a slightly twisted pose.

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