Max CLAUDET (1840 - 1893)

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Max CLAUDET (1840 - 1893)
Bronze figure of Robespierre brought to the Convention (Robespierre mourant) Resting on a molded blackened wood base; signed Max Claudet 53.3 x 15.3 cm With base: 60.3 x 22.3 cm The original plaster cast, measuring 1.80 m, was purchased from the artist by the French State for 3,000 francs, by virtue of a ministerial decree dated November 30, 1871. It was exhibited at the Salon of 1872 (no. 1607) and, in 1900, featured at the Centennial Exhibition of French Art. It is now in the Poligny municipal museum (Inv.: FNAC PFH-5939). The figure shown here was probably exhibited at the 1874 Salon under number 2752, p. 415 : Robespierre à la Convention, le 10 thermidor. Bronze statuette. Claudet began his apprenticeship at the École des Beaux-Arts in Dijon, then in 1858 at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he studied sculpture under François Jouffroy. He set up his studio in Salins (Jura), where he remained for the rest of his life. He exhibited at the Paris Salons from 1864 to 1893. He befriended the man of letters and journalist Max Buchon, who introduced him to the famous Ornans painter Gustave Courbet and the Jura sculptor Joseph Perraud, with whom he became a friend and completed his training. He also dabbled in painting and ceramics. His many works are on display in Salins, Poligny, Monay and the museums of Chalon-sur-Saône, Besançon and Lons-le-Saunier. Bibliographical references: S. Lami, Dictionnaire des Sculpteurs de l'École Française au dix-neuvième siècle, Paris, 1916, vol. 1, pp. 385-388. Catalog of the 1874 Salon, Garland Publishing, Inc., New York, 1977, p. 415. A bronze figure of Jacobin leader during the French Revolution Maximilien Robespierre, Max Claudet (1840- 1893) Expert : Isabelle d'Amécourt (Member SFEP) isabelle@idamecourt.com
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