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Auguste Rodin (French, Paris 1840–1917 Meudon)
Date: modeled 1880 or 1881, cast 1910Accession Number: 11.173.1
Arnold Böcklin (Swiss, Basel 1827–1901 San Domenico, Italy)
Date: 1880Accession Number: 26.90
Date: probably 1891Accession Number: 12.11.1
Jules Bastien-Lepage (French, Damvillers 1848–1884 Paris)
Date: 1879Accession Number: 89.21.1
Sir Edward Burne-Jones (British, Birmingham 1833–1898 Fulham )
Date: 1868–77Accession Number: 47.26
Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (French, Lyons 1824–1898 Paris)
Date: 1891Accession Number: 06.177
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The B. Gerald Cantor Sculpture Gallery displays the Metropolitan's impressive holdings of works by Puvis de Chavannes. Encompassing large-scale studies, variants, and smaller replicas of the artist's major mural cycles, as well as independent paintings, the collection is one of the finest in the world. Holding court next to these canvases are sculptures by Puvis's friend and admirer, Auguste Rodin.
The other half of the gallery is reserved for monumental French Salon paintings: Jules Bastien-Lepage's Joan of Arc; Ernest Meissonier's 1807, Friedland; and Gustave Moreau's Oedipus and the Sphinx. The Paris Salon, an official, state-sponsored art exhibition tightly controlled by the conservative Academy, was the principal venue for the display of contemporary art in France. Paintings like these, with their meticulous technique and traditional subject matter, were favored, while more innovative pictures were routinely excluded. Standing opposite these paintings are works by the celebrated animal sculptor Antoine-Louis Barye.
Additional Salon paintings are on view in Gallery 827.
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