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Eugène Louis Lequesne

Eugène Louis Lequesne

Artist name: Lequesne, Eugène Louis
Other name: Le Quesne, Eugène Louis
Wr.-attrib. name: Lequesne, Eugène Francois
Sex: m
Artist occupation: sculptor
Geographical data: France
State: France
Date of birth: 1815.02.15
Place of birth: Paris
Date of death: 1887.06.03
Place of death: Paris
Place(s) cited: Paris

It was only after obtaining a law degree that Lequesne entered Pradier's studio in the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1841. The following year he went to Italy, and from there he sent his first works to the Salon. He won the grand prize for sculpture in 1844, and returned to Rome for five years. He also won a first class medal in 1851. Following his 1855 exhibition he was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour It is not surprising that one of his primary inspirations was antiquity. He executed a number of busts, as well as, many decorative sculptures for Parisian monuments including the Louvre (the front of the Mollien pavilion), the Opera, the Gare du Nord, and the Palais de Justice (statues of the Force, Justice, Innocence, and Crime on the north side of the façade). He also produced statues of famous people for different cities of France, and a work in copper of the Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde for the Marseille basilica (1870). At the Luxembourg gardens is found his Faune dansant, a bronze of 2 meters high cast by Eck and Durand and exhibited at the Salon in 1857, and a statuette entitled Lesbie in 1868 (both in bronze). Also among the works sent to the Salon are a plaster entitled Pretresse de Bacchus in 1887, and a bronze casting of the Faune dansant. His allegories include Industry and Sculpture (both in Amiens Museum) and Vercingetroix conquering the Romans (Chartres).




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