Laurent Marqueste

Laurent Marqueste

Laurent-Honoré Marqueste (Toulouse 12 June 1848Paris, 5 April 1920) was a French sculptor in the neo-Baroque Beaux-Arts tradition. He was a pupil of François Jouffroy and of Alexandre Falguière [He executed sculpture for the monument to Falguière in the Père Lachaise Cemetery, Paris.] and won the Prix de Rome in 1871. On his return he made his official debut at the Paris salon of 1874 ("Jacob and the Angel"). In 1893 he became a professor at the École des Beaux-Arts. He became a member of the Institute in 1894, he received the Legion of Honour in 1884, (officer, 1894; commander, 1903).

His virtuosic work, often combining two figures, tended to be executed by specialists from his models as had become common studio practice among French sculptors in the later nineteenth century. Among his commissions includes a large number of allegorical architectural figural sculptures, historical portraits ("Victor Hugo", and "Geographie" for the Sorbonne, 1901) and others for the monumental Gare d'Orsay (now the Musée d'Orsay), the Collège des Beaux-Arts, the Grand Palais for the 1900 Exposition, and the Hôtel Dufayel, Avenue des Champs-Élysées (1906, demolished). Public monuments by Marquest are to be found also, in which was very much criticised; as well as monuments for North [The monument to Severn Teackle Wallis, Mt. Vernon Place, Baltimore (1904);] and South America. He was also the author of portrait busts and statues of Victor Hugo, Léo Delibes, Ferdinand Fabre and a large output of classical subjects. He gained the Grand Prix at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1900.

His portrait bust, sculpted by Ernest Henri Dubois, is at the Musée des Augustins, Toulouse, which also has a considerable series of statuettes and "maquettes", or sculptural sketches. [ [ Ministère de la Culture: Laurent Marqueste] .] His papers are conserved at the Centre historique des archives nationales. [ [ BORA] ]

elected works

*"Velléda" (seated figure, 1877) (At the entrance to the Musée des Augustins, Toulouse) [ [ Velléda] ]
*"The Sorrow of Orpheus" (1879)
*"Diana Surprised at the Bath" (1880)
*"Cupid" (Musée des Augustins, Toulouse)
*"Galatea" (1884)
*"L'Art et la Fortune" (1887)
*"Nessus and Deianira" (1892) (Tuileries Gardens, Paris).
*"Perseus and the Gorgon" 1890. (Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Palais Saint-Pierre; [ [ Illustration.] ] Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen).
*"La Cigale" (1900)
*"Hebe" (1909, shown at the Salon des Artistes français)


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