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Jean-Pierre CORTOT

Monday 15 February 2016, by Barbara Cogollos

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LE SOLDAT DE MARATHON ANNONCANT LA VICTOIRE, Jean-Pierre CORTOT

At the age of 13 he studied sculpture under Charles-Antoine Bridan and Pierre-Charles Bridan. He subsequently assisted other sculptors, including François-Frédéric Lemot and Philippe- Laurent Roland. He won the Prix de Rome in 1809 with « Mariuson Carthage Ruins » he travelled to Italy during 10 years and returned to Paris in 1819. From then until 1840 he regularly exhibited at the Salon. In 1825 he was elected to the Institut de France and to a professorship at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, succeeding Louis- Marie-Charles Dupaty (1771-1825). He won numerous honours such as the Légion d’Honneur in 1841 and became one of the most successful offcial sculptors of the Restauration and the July Monarchy.

This sculpture « the Soldier of Marathon Announcing Victory » executed in marble between 1832 and 1834 can be seen in the museum of le Louvre in Paris, this
statue presented here is mentioned in the Barbedienne catalogue and has been edited in several dimensions. He used his academic style on several statues and mythological or religious groups. Most of its works were state commands. « The Triumph of Napoleon I» executed between 1833 and 1836 can be seen on top of l’Arc de Triomphe in Paris among the 3 others sculpture groups. The pedimental relief representing « France between Liberty and Public Order » executed in 1841 can be seen in the Palais Bourbon in Paris for the Chambre des Députés. He has also sculpted « Louis XIII equestrian » for the Place des Vosges in Paris in 1829.
Some of its projects created in plaster have never been created, such as « The Immortality » which is a colossal statue made for the pantheon.

Museums :
Louvre
The soldier of Marathon Announcing Victory, reduction,
40 cm.
The Victory or The Immortality, 130 cm.
The Victory, sketch, 45 cm.

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