Henri Chapu was a student at the École des beaux-arts in Paris; his teachers included the sculptors James Pradier and Francisque Joseph Duret and the painter Léon Cogniet . At the age of 22, Chapu made his debut at the major exhibition at the Paris Salon in 1855, and one of his works was awarded the “ Prix de Rome ” there. Associated with the award was a scholarship for a study trip to Italy.
He was later entrusted with decorating the stairwell of the Chamber of Commerce in his hometown. Chapu created the statue of mechanics for this . The statue of the cantata with which he adorned the main entrance of the Opéra de Paris is in the same style . The statue of the lawyer Pierre-Antoine Berryer in front of the Palace of Justice was also created by Chapu.
Henri Michel Chapu was professor of sculpture at the Académie Julian from 1889 to 1891 . He died in Paris in 1891 at the age of 57.
Much of his artistic work thematizes in a thoroughly allegorical way ancient mythology and thus lovingly relates it to the present.
- Mercury inventing the herald's staff . 1863.
- the kneeling Joan of Arc in Domrémy
- the sower . 1865.
- the transformation of Klythia into a sunflower . 1867.
- the statue of youth for a memorial by painter Jean Baptiste Regnault
- the personification of the thought for the tomb of the Countess d'Agoult
Le Génie de L'immortalité (1880), grave of Jean Reynaud , Paris, Cimetière du Père-Lachaise
- Henri Delaborde : Notice sur la vie et les ouvrages de M. Henri Chapus. Paris 1895.
- Octave Fidière: Chapu, sa vie et son œuvre . Plon, Paris 1894 ( digitized ).
- Peter Fusco et al. (Ed.): The romantics to Rodin. French 19th century sculptures from North American collections. County Museum of Art, Los Angeles 1980, ISBN 0-87587-091-0 , pp.?.
- James Mackay: The dictionary of sculptors in bronze. Woodbridge, Suffolk 1977. Reprinted: Antique collectors' club, Wappinger Falls 1995, ISBN 1-85149-110-4 , pp.
- Chapu on the Académie Julian website
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Chapu, Henri Michel Antoine (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||French sculptor and medalist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||September 29, 1833|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Le Mée-sur-Seine|
|DATE OF DEATH||April 21, 1891|
|Place of death||Paris|