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Part of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts
Clodion (Claude Michel) (French, Nancy 1738–1814 Paris)
Date: ca. 1780–90Accession Number: 14.40.687
Jean Antoine Houdon (French, Versailles 1741–1828 Paris)
Date: 1788Accession Number: 50.145.66
Augustin Pajou (French, Paris 1730–1809 Paris)
Date: 1799Accession Number: 1986.282
Date: ca. 1784Accession Number: 44.21a, b
Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (French, Valenciennes 1827–1875 Courbevoie)
Date: ca. 1864Accession Number: 2001.199
Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (French, Anizy-le-Château 1824–1887 Sèvres)
Date: ca. 1870Accession Number: 1980.123
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The contents of the Josephine Bay Paul Gallery illustrate the primacy and vivacity of modeling in the art of sculpture during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Models, especially those rapidly formed from pellets of clay, can retain the dash and immediacy that are sometimes lacking from the final results in stone or metal. Two of the ablest French Neoclassical modelers, Augustin Pajou and Claude Michel, known as Clodion, are well shown, particularly the latter, with his audacious proposal of a monument to commemorate the first launching of a hot-air balloon, in the center of the gallery. Appealing models by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux and Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse represent the second half of the nineteenth century.
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