Antoine Coysevox

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Self-portrait by Antoine Coysevox
Louis XIV , King of France, statue by Antoine Coysevox. Carnavalet Museum , Paris

Antoine Coysevox , also Coyzevox (born September 29, 1640 in Lyon , † October 10, 1720 in Paris ) was a French sculptor of the Baroque period.

At the age of 17 Coysevox went to Paris to the workshop of the sculptor Louis Lerambert and in 1667 to Zabern for four years , where he worked in the palace of Bishop Franz Egon von Fürstenberg-Heiligenberg .

In 1666 he became court sculptor to Louis XIV and later director of the Paris Academy. From 1677 he carried out a lot of decorative work for the Palace of Versailles and developed a very extensive activity until his death.

Coysevox is considered one of the most important sculptors of the high baroque period in France. While his courtly representative works and the figurative grave monuments reflect the pathos and lush splendor of the high baroque, some of his numerous busts and portraits already leave behind the luxuriant style adopted by Bernini and point to the Rococo in their elegance and keen observation of individual traits ahead.

Coysevox was also the teacher of his nephews Nicolas and Guillaume Coustou and of Guillaume Hulot .


A detailed catalog of works can be found on the French Wikipedia page on the artist.

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