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    A French Marble Sculpture: Le Rieur Napolitain

    Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (French, 1827-1875)
    Late 19th century
    Marble
    Marks: Inscribed JB Carpeaux
    21 inches high

    Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, a French sculptor and painter who traveled to Rome where he won the Prix de Rome in 1854, was famous for his works he completed for Napoleon III. He submitted one of his sculptures, PĂȘcheur Napolitain Ă  la coquille to the French Academy which led to further commissions from Napoleon III and the sale of the original work in plaster to him for his empress, Eugenie. Carpeaux made several versions of the Neopolitain fisher-boy, many executed in marble such as this Le Rieur Napolitain, or the 'Happy Neopolitain'.

    This exquisite marble portrait bust is a version of the Pecheur that Carpeaux had created earlier. An oil sketch of this smiling young man is now in the Musee du Louvre. For the first time Carpeaux gave the subject a detailed smile, carving each tooth as the boy turns slightly and mischievously to his right. His eyes are alive with possibilities, his hair tossed about as he looks for his next bit of trouble. His cloak and hat are finely carved making this one of Carpeaux's signature works, devoid of classical influence, instead focusing on subjects he would see in everyday life.

    Provenance:
    Christie's (2002)









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