Henri Michel Chapu:
Sculpture "Jeanne d'Arc" (1880), stoneware edition.


Henri Michel Chapu:
Sculpture "Jeanne d'Arc" (1880), stoneware edition.


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Ars Mundi Exclusive Limited edition299 pieces | Numbered | Signed | Stoneware edition | Patinated | Polished | Ø 20.5 cm | Height: 28.5 cm | Weight approx 4.5 kg


Henri Michel Chapu: Sculpture "Jeanne d'Arc" (1880), stoneware edition.

Hands folded, she sits there, focus - looking delicately and safely in the distance. First accused by the inquisition and executed under adverse circumstances, eanne d ' Arc (1412-1431) was a French myth. In 1920 she was canonized by the Catholic Church.

Original: marble, Musée d'Orsay, Paris.

Stoneware edition. Hand cast, patinated and polished. Limited edition 299 pieces, numbered and signed. Size: 20.5 x 28.5 x 20.5 cm (W / H / D). Weight approx. 4.5 kg. Exclusive Ars Mundi.

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The French sculptor and medalist made his debut being 22-year-old at a major exhibition of the Paris Salon in 1855. The art of Chapu (1833-1891) was very convincing and one of his works was awarded with the "Prix de Rome" by the Art Academy of Rome. This also included a multi-year scholarship for study in the Italian capital.

He was inspired by themes from ancient mythology and which he tried to link with the typical naturalistic style of the time. In this way his characters are idealistically elevated which can be seen in the famous "Statue of the cantata" that decorates the main entrance of the Opéra de Paris. Empathetic works by Chapus were popular. He received many orders to decorate public places. Among other, he created the statue of the jurist Pierre-Antoine Berryer for the Paris Palace of Justice.

Designation for an art object (sculpture, installation), which is produced according to the will of the artist in multiple copies in a limited and numbered edition.

Artist's multiple contributed to "democratization" of art as the work was made available and affordable for a wider audience.