Guillaume Coustou the Elder
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.
|Marie Leszczynska (1703–1768) en Junon ||marble||H: 1.98 m, L: 1.09 m, W: 0.71 m|
|Cheval retenu par un palefrenier dit Cheval de Marly ||marble||H: 3.40 m, L: 2.84 m, W: 1.27 m|
|Cheval retenu par un palefrenier dit Cheval de Marly ||marble|
|Apollon poursuivant Daphné ||marble||H: 1.35 m, L: 1.06 m, W: 1.13 m|
|Daphné poursuivie par Apollon ||H: 1.32 m, L: 1.35 m, W: 0.65 m|
|Hippomène ||marble||H: 1.31 m, L: 1.25 m, W: 0.60 m|
|Hercule on the book ||marble||H: 0.74 m, L: 0.63 m, W: 0.56 m|
|Nicolas Coustou (1658–1733) ||terracotta||H: 0.56 m, L: 0.42 m, W: 0.31 m|
|SURNAME||Coustou, Guillaume the Elder|
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Coustou, Guillaume|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||French painter and sculptor|
|DATE OF BIRTH||November 29, 1677|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Lyon|
|DATE OF DEATH||February 22, 1746|
|Place of death||Paris|