Laure de Margerie, head of the Census of French Sculpture in American Public Collections, School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas, will present a lecture entitled “Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux and Portrait Sculpture in 19th-Century France” as part of the Kimbell Art Museum’s “Art in Context” series, on Wednesday, December 1, at 12:30 p.m. in the Museum auditorium. Admission is Free in Fort Worth.

The 19th century was a prolific period for French sculpture, especially in portraiture. Neoclassical ideals were mingled with aspects of Romanticism, and new types of portraits emerged. In the second half of the century, the lively and expressive bust-portraits of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux were highly acclaimed. The Kimbell’s terra-cotta bust of his brother Charles is a perfect example of the sculptor’s achievements.   

Margerie was senior archivist and head of the sculpture archives at the Centre de Documentation, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, from 1979 to 2009. Her numerous publications and exhibitions have focused on 19th-century French sculpture and especially the work of Carpeaux.           

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