Clésinger, Auguste

BORN 22 Oct 1814, Besançon, Doubs - DIED 7 Jan 1883, Paris: 7e
BIRTH NAME Clésinger, Jean Baptiste Auguste Stello
GRAVE LOCATION Paris: Père Lachaise, Rue du Repos 16 (division 10, ligne 04, Y, 22)

Auguste Clésinger was the son of the sculptor Georges-Philippe Clésinger. He was trained by his father and first exhibited at the Salon in Paris in 1843. In 1847 he exhibited his "Woman bitten by a Serpent" at the Salon. Appolonie Sabatier was the model for this sculpture. His sculpture of her as herself is now at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris. In 1847 he married George Sand's daughter Solange Dudevant in Nohant.

In 1849 he received the Légion d'honneur and in the same year he created Chopin's death mask. Also in 1849 he had a daughter by Solange, Jeanne. In 1850 he created the monument for Chopin at Père Lachaise. In 1852 he and Solange separated and their daughter died in 1855.

His "Femme à la rose" (1865) is also at the Musée d'Orsay. For the Universal Exhibtion of 1878 he created "La République". His model Berthe de Courrière was also his mistress and after his death in 1883 she was his heir.

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The grave of Jean Baptiste Clésinger and Rémy de Gourmont at Père Lachaise, Paris.
Picture by Androom (02 Nov 2018)


• Beyern, Bertrand, Guide des Cimetières en France, Le Cherche Midi Éditeur, Paris, 1994
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Auguste Clésinger - Wikipedia

Cleveland, Rose

Published: 12 Oct 2019
Last update: 19 Dec 2023