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Clodion (Claude Michel)
 
 
Claude Michel, known as Clodion (December 20, 1738 – March 29, 1814), was a French sculptor in the Rococo style. He was born in Nancy. Here and probably in Lille he spent the earlier years of his life. In 1755 he came to Paris and entered the workshop of Lambert Sigisbert Adam, his maternal uncle, a clever sculptor. He remained four years in this workshop, and on the death of his uncle became a pupil of J. B. Pigalle. In 1759 he obtained the grand prize for sculpture at the Academic Royale; in 1761 he obtained the first silver medal for studies from models; and in 1762 he went to Rome. Here his activity was considerable between 1767 and 1771.

Catherine II was eager to secure his presence in St Petersburg, but he returned to Paris. Among his patrons, which were very numerous, were the chapter of Rouen, the states of Languedoc, and the Direction generale. His works were frequently exhibited at the Salon. In 1782 he married Catherine Flore, a daughter of the sculptor Augustin Pajou, who subsequently obtained a divorce from him. The agitation caused by the Revolution drove Clodion in 1792 to Nancy, where he remained until 1798, his energies being spent in the decoration of houses.

Among Clodion's works are a statue of Montesquieu, a Dying Cleopatra, and a chimneypiece at present in the South Kensington Museum. One of his last groups represented Homer as a beggar being driven away by fishermen (1810). Clodion died in Paris, on the eve of the invasion of Paris by the allies.

Among the public collections holding works by Claude Michel are the Art Institute of Chicago, the Bowes Museum (County Durham, UK), the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Courtauld Institute of Art (London), the Currier Museum of Art (New Hampshire), the Detroit Institute of Arts the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Frick Collection (New York City), the Getty Museum (Los Angeles), the Honolulu Academy of Arts, the Kimbell Art Museum (Fort Worth, Texas), Kunst Indeks Danmark, the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Musée Cognacq-Jay (Paris), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Musée des Beaux-Arts (Bordeaux), National Museum of Art (Cluj-Napoca), the National Gallery of Armenia, the National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.), the Norton Simon Museum (Pasadena, California) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

 
 
 


Nymph and Satyr Carousing




 


Bacchante Supported by Bacchus and a Faun
1795



 


Faune pleurant



 


Motif mitologique



 


Poetry and Music




Silenus Crowned by Nymphs



 


Pair of Bacchic Figures with a Child



 


River God



 


Amor and Psyche



Two Mourners






Egyptian Woman with a Statue of God






Homer attacked by the dogs




Mourner
1766






Satyr and Bacchante






Vestal Presenting a Young Woman at the Altar of Pan






Vestal






Zephyrus and Flora






The Surprise






Mary Magdalen Penitent






Montesquieu






The Invention of the Balloon






Nymph and Faun
1776
Terracotta, 27 x 22 cm
Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge






Pan Pursuing Syrinx
c. 1770
Marble, 104 x 323 cm
Musйe du Louvre, Paris






Satyresses and Baby Satyrs
c. 1781
Stucco
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York






Vase
1770s
Marble, height 74 cm
Wallace Collection, London






Faun Family
c. 1785, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.






Female Satyr with Putti





Satyr Crowning a Bacchante




Bacchante






Satyr and Bacchante






Poetry and Music






La Gimblette





Female faun with her child

 
 
 
 
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