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Louis-Simon Boizot - French Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Louis-Simon Boizot (1743 - 1809)

Simon-Louis Boizot was the son of a designer for the Gobelins tapestry factory and inherited his father’s talent for design and craftsmanship. He first studied at the Academie Royale in Paris and won the Prix de Rome in 1762. In 1778, he was granted full membership to the Academie Royale and exhibited at the Paris Salon until 1800. Boizot created small, decorative yet functional sculptures such as clocks and centerpieces for his royal clientele. Beginning in 1773, he was the artistic director of the sculpture studio at the Sevres porcelain manufactory. Boizot was an advocate of the French Revolution, fighting for the preservation of historical monuments in his position in the Commission des Monuments. During the Revolution, he was a member of the Commission des Monuments in 1792. From 1805 he held a chair at the École des Beaux-Arts. He executed the sculpture for the fountain erected in 1808 in the Place du Châtelet, Paris, in a more severe and bombastic Empire style. It celebrates Napoleon's return from Egypt. with a gilded Victory (finished in 1806) that surmounts a column with sphinxes spouting water at the base. The original of the Victory is in the gardens of the Musée Carnavalet.

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