Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse

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Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse
Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse par Carjat BNF Gallica.jpg
Carrier-Belleuse, c. 1870
Born(1824-06-12)12 June 1824
Died4 June 1887(1887-06-04) (aged 62)
Known forSculpture

Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (born Albert-Ernest Carrier de Belleuse; 12 June 1824 – 4 June 1887) was a French sculptor. He was one of the founding members of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, and was made an officer of the Legion of Honour.

Early life[edit]

Carrier-Belleuse was born on 12 June 1824 at Anizy-le-Château, Aisne, France, he began his training as a goldsmith's apprentice.[1] Carrier-Belleuse was a student of David d'Angers and briefly studied at the École des Beaux-Arts, his career is distinguished by his versatility and his work outside France: in England between 1850 and 1855[1] (working for Mintons), and in Brussels around 1871. His name is perhaps best known because Auguste Rodin worked as his assistant between 1864 and 1870; the two travelled to Brussels in 1871,[2] and by some accounts Rodin assisted Carrier-Belleuse's architectural sculpture for the Brussels Stock Exchange.


Sculpture of Urania by Carrier-Belleuse atop conical mystery clock by Eugène Farcot. Made for Great London Exhibition of 1862

Carrier-Belleuse made many terra cotta pieces, the most famous of which may be The Abduction of Hippodameia depicting the Greek mythological scene of a centaur kidnapping Hippodameia on her wedding day, he was also made artistic director at the Manufacture nationale de Sèvres in 1876.

Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts[edit]

In 1862 Carrier-Belleuse was one of the founding members of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, and was made an officer of the Légion d'honneur; the bronzes he executed prior to 1868 were always signed "Carrier" or "A. Carrier", but after 1868 his signature was changed to "Carrier-Belleuse".

Artistic style[edit]

His work encompassed all manner of sculptural subjects and materials, and his naturalism incorporated a breadth of styles: unembellished Realism, neo-Baroque exuberance, and Rococo elegance.[1]


He also taught his sons, the painters Louis-Robert Carrier-Belleuse and Pierre Carrier-Belleuse.[1]

Death and legacy[edit]

Carrier-Belleuse died on 4 June 1887 at Sèvres, France.

Works of art[edit]

Monument to André Masséna
Nice, 1869
Hebe asleep, 1869
Paris, Musée d'Orsay

Photo gallery[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "The J. Paul Getty Museum -- Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse". Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  2. ^ "August Rodin Working Methods". Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b The Grove encyclopedia of decorative arts, Volume 1 By Gordon Campbell
  4. ^ "Musee d'Orsay -- Sculpture". Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  5. ^ Encyclopedia of nineteenth-century photography, Volume 1 By John Hannavy

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