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Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827)

Carpeaux was a French sculptor and painter whose works demonstrate his interests in movement and baroque art. Initially a student under Francois Rude, Carpeaux won the Prix de Rome in 1854 and then studied the works of Michelangelo, Donatello, and Verrocchio in Rome. In 1861, he made a bust of Princess Mathilde, which brought him several commissions from Napoleon III, and became a favorite of the court. Why did La Danse, his sculpture on the facade of the Paris Opera, create a scandal? More...
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Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux the spirit of the dance

The frieze, La Danse, seems to extend beyond its edges to reach out to its viewers, blurring the distance of space between sculpture and viewer. When the sculpture was unveiled, it was considered a disgrace due to its realism. Claimed pornographic, it was defaced with ink, and the public demanded its removal.

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However, timing is everything. First, there was the war of 1870, which heralded the fall of the Second Republic, followed by the early death of Carpeaux in 1875, that eventually put a close to the controversy. Today, La Danse, stained with ink, is considered one of the 19th century’s most epic works.
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Good to know .
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I think it is beautiful. I can't see how it could be viewed as indecent, when works of art, such as Michelangelo's David in all his glory, are thought of as "master pieces". No one would dream of defacing it with ink.

I think Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux lives and walks among the greatest of artists humankind has known.
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