Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux was of modest origin, and had a difficult youth. Received in 1844 at the School of Fine Arts in Paris, he entered the Workshop of Rude in 1846.
Napoleon III notices him and the orders flow in, notably the group of the Dance for the facade of the Opera and the four parts of the world for the fountain of the Observatory.
Prodigious technician, he can be considered as an impressionist of sculpture and succeeds in mixing grace and power, knowing how to rise above the anecdotal, superficial and passing fashions.
This child's bust is the first work modelled by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux in Roma (donation Madame Clément-Carpeaux, 1934-1939).
A young child with a voluntary front retained his attention: as long as the rules imposed him "a head of study, expressing a subject", he will model this bust, which he hesitates to call "Brutus child", so much the ancient Roman character is accused in this small, tense and stubborn face.
Reproduction in patinated resin.
Height: 27 cm.
Width: 16 cm.
Depth: 12 cm.
Weight: 3.4 kg.
Artistic current: XIXth century
Artist: Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875)
Museum: Nice - Chéret Museum