Antoine Étex (March 20, 1808 Paris – July 14, 1888 Chaville) was a French sculptor, painter and architect.

Antoine Étex
Étex in 1876, by Nadar
BornMarch 20, 1808 (1808-03-20)
Paris, France
DiedJuly 14, 1888 (1888-07-15) (aged 80)
Occupation(s)Sculptor, painter and architect

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He first exhibited in the Paris Salon of 1833, his work including a reproduction in marble of his Death of Hyacinthus, and the plaster cast of his Cain and His Race Cursed By God. Adolphe Thiers, who was at this time minister of public works, now commissioned him to execute the two groups of Peace and War, flanking the arch on the east facade of the Arc de Triomphe. This last, which established his reputation, he reproduced in marble in the Paris Salon of 1839.[1]

The French capital contains numerous examples of the sculptural works of Étex, which included mythological and religious subjects besides a great number of portraits.[1] Among the best known of his architectural productions is Étex's tomb of Théodore Géricault in Père Lachaise Cemetery, which includes a bronze figure of the painter, and a low-relief version the painter's controversial Raft of the Medusa on a front panel.[citation needed]

Étex's paintings include the subjects of Eurydice and the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, and he also wrote a number of essays on subjects connected with the arts. The last year of his life was spent at Nice, and he died at Chaville, Seine-et-Oise in 1888.[1] He was buried in the Cimetière du Montparnasse in Paris.

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  1. ^ a b c   One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Étex, Antoine". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 9 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 806.
  2. ^ Archived June 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Archived June 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
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  • PE Mangeant, Antoine Étex, peintre, sculpteur et architecte, 1808-1888 (Paris, 1894).

External links edit

  • Antoine Étex in American public collections, on the French Sculpture Census website