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Gustave Caillebotte - French Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Gustave Caillebotte (1848 - 1894)

Coming from the long line of Caffieri Italian sculptors and metalworkers, Jean-Jacques was the younger brother of bronze caster, Phillipe. Jean-Jacques won the Prix-de-Rome in 1748 and studied antiquities in Rome for four years. Upon his return to Paris, he became King Louis XV’s sculptor and designer of metalwork. He also produced a series of busts for famous dramatist, Madame du Barry. He is better known for his portrait busts, in terracotta or marble: his bust of Madame du Barry is at the Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg. He made a name with his busts of Pierre Corneille and Jean Racine for the foyer of the Comédie Française. He produced bust or portraits of many great men, notably Pierre Corneille, Thomas Corneille, Philippe Quinault, Jean de la Fontaine and Jean-Philippe Rameau, as well as the monument to Richard Montgomery in St. Paul's Chapel in New York. His students included Jean-Joseph Foucou.

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