Impression of Amélie de Montfort

Artist: Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (French, Valenciennes 1827–1875 Courbevoie)

Date: ca. 1867–69

Culture: French, Paris

Medium: Terracotta

Dimensions: confirmed: 7 5/8 × 3 1/4 × 3 1/2 in. (19.4 × 8.3 × 8.9 cm)

Classification: Sculpture

Credit Line: Purchase, Friends of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Gifts, 1989

Accession Number: 1989.289.2


Carpeaux perpetuates the memory of his first glimpse of his fiancée, arranged by Empress Eugénie, no less. He has suggested costume elements, such as the bustle, and established lights and darks authoritatively in the few seconds it took him to squeeze and pinch the clay into shape.