Impression of Amélie de Montfort

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

Date: ca. 1867–69

Culture: French, Paris

Medium: Terracotta

Dimensions: Overall (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


Rapidly sketched, the model delivers the basics of the master’s intense attachment to his fiancée, a young aristocrat, first glimpsed at a ball. The marriage took place in 1869 but soon soured owing to his morbid, irrational suspicions of infidelity on her part.