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Auguste Clésinger

Born: Besançon, 20 October 1814
Died: Paris, 5 January 1883
Nationality: French

son of sculptor Georges Philippe Clésinger


with Bertil Thorvaldsen (1832, Rome)


1847 – exhibits Woman Bitten by a Snake at Paris Salon

1849 – awarded the Légion d’honneur

1864 – Officer du Légion d’honneur; joins Photosculpture Society

Bronze foundries of Ferdinand Barbedienne and Marnyhac purchased rights to reproduce many of Clésinger’s sculptures for commercial sale


Rome (1832); Switzerland (1840); Florence (1843)

Commissions from: 

Napoleon III (Emperor of France); French government (Third Republic)

Important Artworks: 

Pieta, n.d. (Church of the Madeleine, Besançon)