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Jean-Baptiste (Auguste) Clésinger, 1814-1883

Nationality: French
Date of Birth: 1814.10.20
Place of Birth: Besancon
Date of Death: 1883.01.05
Place of Death: Paris


Jean-Baptiste (Auguste) Clésinger was a sculptor and painter. He studied under his father, the sculptor Georges-Philippe Clésinger.


He made his debut at the Salon in 1843 with a bust of vicomte Jules de Valdahon. Other works include portrait busts of Théophile Gautier and Arsène Houssaye. He also received public commissions, including a statue of Louise de Savoie for the Jardin du Luxembourg.


Bénézit, E., Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, 8 vols, Paris, 1956-61; The Grove Dictionary of Art Online, ed. L. Macy, at (accessed 2004).