Bust. In the image of Charles-Pierre-Joseph Normand (1765 - 1840) Charles Normand, who was at the crossroads of neoclassicism and the Empire style, received the Prix de Rome in 1792. Born into a family of modest farmers, he arrived in Paris in 1773 where his father, eager to give his son as much education as his means allowed, sent him to the Montaigu College where a teacher discovered his gift for drawing. In 1782, he attended the classes of Jacques-Pierre Gisors, a former resident of the French Academy in Rome, and in September 1792, he won the Grand Prix de Rome, where he was to spend five years. But the political events made the departure impossible and Normand took refuge in Melun where he executed some works, then prepared a collection of engravings which he managed to have published in 1801. From 1800 to 1815, he executed engravings for Charles Percier and Pierre-François-Léonard Fontaine, reproducing drawings that these artists had brought back from their stays in Italy. 19th century. White statuary marble from Carrara.
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