Art FocusThe Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux

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March 10 – May 26, 2014

The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux exhibition Location: Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, 2nd floor, Gallery 999

The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, a major retrospective that explores the life and work of the exceptionally gifted, deeply tormented sculptor who defined the heady atmosphere of the Second Empire in France (1852–1871), is on view at the Metropolitan Museum from March 10 through May 26. The first full-scale exhibition in 39 years devoted to Carpeaux (1827–1875), it features about 150 works including sculptures, paintings, and drawings, which are organised around the major projects that the artist undertook during his brief and stormy career. Major international loans that have never before travelled to the United States, or have not been here for decades, come from the Musée d’Orsay; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Valenciennes (Carpeaux’s birthplace); the Louvre, Petit Palais, and other French institutions; and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen. Important loans also come from the Getty in Los Angeles and from private collections.

The exhibition is made possible by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation.

Additional support is provided by the Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund and the Diane W. and James E. Burke Fund.

The exhibition was organised by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Musée d’Orsay.

Image: Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (French, Valenciennes 1827–1875 Courbevoie), Ugolino and His Sons (detail images ofUgolino and His Sons), 1865–67, Saint-Béat marble, H. 77 3/4 x W. 59 x D. 43 1/2 in. (197.5 x 149.9 x 110.5 cm), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Josephine Bay Paul and C. Michael Paul, Foundation Inc. Gift, Charles Ulrick and Josephine Bay Foundation Inc. Gift, and Fletcher Fund, 1967

 

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