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Charles-François Lebœuf

Charles-François Lebœuf

Charles-François Lebœuf, called Nanteuil (9 August 1792 – 1 November 1865) was a French sculptor.[1]


Born in Paris, he studied with Pierre Cartellier at the École des Beaux-Arts, winning the Grand Prix de Rome in Sculpture in 1817 with a gypsum figure of Agis, Dying by His Own Arms. The prize included a period of study at the Villa Medici of the French Academy in Rome, where Nanteuil carved the marble statue Dying Eurydice (1822), which he exhibited in Paris in his highly successful debut at the Salon of 1824. The statue is now in the Musée du Louvre. This work later inspired Auguste Clésinger's Woman Bitten by a Snake (1847, Musée d'Orsay).[1]

Nanteuil received many commissions from the French government, including one for a group entitled Commerce and Industry at the French Senate in the Palais du Luxembourg, which was inspired by the first-century sculpture Castor and Pollux. Other commissioned works include a seated statue of Montesquieu (1840, Louis Philippe I's Museum of French History at the Palace of Versailles) and the bronze commemorative statue of General Desaix (1844, located at the Place de Jaude in Clermont-Ferrand). His work was also incorporated into the decorations at the Gare du Nord, the Palais Garnier, and the Palais du Louvre (when it was rebuilt during the Second Empire).[1]

Nanteuil's most important ecclesiastical works are two pediment sculpture groups in stone, Hommage to the Virgin (1830, Church of Notre Dame de Lorette, Paris) and the Glorification of Saint Vincent de Paul (1846, Church of Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, Paris), which reveal the influence of Italian sculpture of the early Renaissance and of sculptures from Aegina and the Parthenon.[1]

Nanteuil died in Paris.[1]

List of works

Dying Eurydice, 1822, Musée du Louvre
General Desaix, 1848, Place de Jaude in Clermont-Ferrand



  1. ^ a b c d e Lemaistre 1998.
  2. ^ Eurydice mourante at the Louvre website.
  3. ^ Alexandre combattant Archived January 18, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. at


  • Ehrard, Antoinette (2001). "Autour de la statue de Desaix par Nanteuil" in Annales historiques de la Révolution française (in French). issue 324 "Numéro spécial Louis Charles Antoine Desaix. Officier du roi, Général de la République" (April–June 2001) .
  • Hoog, Simone (1993). Musée national de Versailles. Les sculptures. I - Le musée, (preface by Jean-Pierre Babelon, with the collaboration of Roland Brossard) (in French). Réunion des musées nationaux, Paris.
  • Lemaistre, Isabelle (1998). "Nanteuil [Leboeuf], Charles-François" in Turner 1998, vol. 22, p. 465.
  • Turner, Jane, editor (1998). The Dictionary of Art, reprinted with minor corrections, 34 volumes. New York: Grove. ISBN 978-1-884446-00-9.

Other sources

  • Lami, Stanislas (1914–1921). Dictionnaire des sculpteurs de l'École française au XIXe siècle (4 volumes). Paris: H. Champion. Listings at WorldCat. Nendein, Liechtenstein: Kraus (1970 reprint). Listings at WorldCat.

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