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EUGÉNE DELAPLANCHE (FRENCH, 1836-91)

Eugéne Delaplanche was born in Belleville, France in February of 1836. He was a student of Deligand and studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, exhibiting for the first time in 1861 at Salon. In 1864 he was awarded the Prix de Rome for sculpture, moving the same year to Rome where he produced a number of exceptional models of female figures in marble. These works were sent from Rome to Paris, where they received important critical attention and established his reputation as a sculptor. He was awarded the prestigious title of Chevalier of the Légion d'Honeur in 1876. He exhibited regularly at Salon, winning a medal again in 1878 and a first-class medal at the World Fair in the same year. Much of his work was cast by Thiébault Freres and F. Barbedienne Fondeurs. His works are held in museum collections around the world including the Louvre, Marseille and Saint-Denis.

Notes and Further Reading:

  • Bronzes of the 19th Century: Dictionary of Sculptors, Kjellberg, p. 279-80
  • Dictionary of Artists, E. Benezit, Gründ, Vol. IV, p. 623-24
  • Bronzes: Sculptors and Founders 1800-1930, Harold Berman