Guillaume Coustou the Elder

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Hercules at the stake , 1704 (marble, Musée du Louvre , Paris)

Guillaume Coustou (born November 29, 1677 in Lyon , † February 22, 1746 in Paris ) was a French painter and sculptor. He was the brother of Nicolas Coustou and father of Guillaume Coustou the Younger , both also sculptors.

Coustou came to Paris to live with his uncle Antoine Coysevox when he was 18 . In 1697 he won the Roman Academy Prize, but did not get a place at the Académie de France in Rome like his brother. He therefore went to Rome at his own expense and worked for Pierre Le Gros the Younger , whose lively baroque style influenced him greatly. He returned to Paris as early as 1700. In 1704 he became a member of the royal academy, in 1715 professor of the academy and in 1733 rector.

Many of his works still exist in France; the palace chapel at Versailles has a number in particular . In the Louvre Museum you can see the marble statue of Maria Leszczyńska made by him in a coquettishly spread posture as (powder) Juno.

Works (selection)

designation technology Dimensions Illustration
Marie Leszczynska (1703–1768) en Junon [1] marble H: 1.98 m, L: 1.09 m, W: 0.71 m Marie Leszczynska Coustou Louvre MR1813.jpg
Cheval retenu par un palefrenier dit Cheval de Marly [2] marble H: 3.40 m, L: 2.84 m, W: 1.27 m Marly horse Louvre MR1802.jpg
Cheval retenu par un palefrenier dit Cheval de Marly [3] marble Marly horse Louvre MR1803.jpg
Apollon poursuivant Daphné [4] marble H: 1.35 m, L: 1.06 m, W: 1.13 m Daphné poursuivie par Apollon MR 1807.jpg
Daphné poursuivie par Apollon [5] H: 1.32 m, L: 1.35 m, W: 0.65 m Daphne Coustou Louvre MR1807.jpg
Hippomène [6] marble H: 1.31 m, L: 1.25 m, W: 0.60 m Hippomenes Coustou Louvre MR1810.jpg
Hercule on the book [7] marble H: 0.74 m, L: 0.63 m, W: 0.56 m Heracles pyre Coustou Louvre MR1809.jpg
Nicolas Coustou (1658–1733) [8] terracotta H: 0.56 m, L: 0.42 m, W: 0.31 m

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