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Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-75)

Until 28 Sep 14, Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France

Although he was a prolific draughtsman and painter, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-75) is remembered, when he is remembered at all, more for his volatile personal life than for his outdoor public sculptures (on the Louvre and the Opéra, for example) or for his many portrait busts of now forgotten high-society figures. Very closely allied to Napoléon III, Carpeaux's career was cut short by the emperor's deposition in 1870 and his own early death, aged 48. His reputation was immediately eclipsed and his work was ignored until the 1980s when... Read on

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