Jean-Pierre CORTOT (Paris, 1787 - 1843) FROM

Renowned Hand for "L'Apothéose de l'Empereur" on Arc de Triomphe in l'Étoile, Paris.

Stone from left hand of la Renommée bas relief, winged Victoire, above Napoléon crowned.
Height. 41,Lengh. 38, Depth. 24 cm.

Origins :
- offered to Jean Martin-Roch by his friend Séraphin Gilly, sculptor-restorer of Arc de Triomphe, during 60th.
- collection from the sculptor Jean Martin-Roch, Pierredon abbey, Saint-Rémy de Provence.
- by lineage, private collection, Bretagne., the most :
- L'Apothéose de l'Empereur par Cortot.

Rome first prize, in1809, got ahead of Rude - Cortot created this Apothéose de Napoléon Ier, groupe colossal in 1833 - during the Marseillaise of Rude. Elected at l'Institut in 1825, teacher at École des Beaux-Arts from 1826 to1843, we owe him the bas-relief at palais Bourbon pediment - as the Brest and Rouen’s statues. Still in Paris, we can notice, place des Vosges, the equestrian statue of Louis XIII, and that one of Marie- Antoinette in the Expiatoire Chapel, without forget the one of Louis XV in château de Versailles. Louvre Museum retained many of his works : le soldat de Marathon annonçant la Victoire, Daphnis et Chloé, et l'Immortalité.

With his "Apothéose de l'Empereur", Cortot returns on his work during his extend stay in Rome, at Villa Médicis (1813-1818) : an order from Vivant Denon for a colossal Napoléon Ier statue. At the Empire demise, this work was abandoned and replaced by a Louis XVIII statue. With this group from l'Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile, Cortot appeared as the heirs of the classical model from XVIII centuries end, and from the greco-roman tradition. Disciple from neo-classic School, his imposing style is expressed here, with a perfect mastery.

Le Triomphe de 1810 by Jean-Pierre Cortot

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