Very few people know the name Edmé Bouchardon. This isn’t surprising, given the artist’s history. Just as he was getting his name known, the bloody revolution took place, followed by the guillotine deaths of Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI. So it’s rather reasonable for people to pay less attention to sculptors. Bouchardon was the royal sculptor to Louis XV and his successor, the then-beheaded royal.
His works will be featured in the Getty Museum, and the show is entitled “Bouchardon: Royal Artist of the Enlightenment”. The biggest show-stealer has to be his carving, “Cupid Carving a Bow From Hercules’s Club” – which he was able to finish just 12 years before his own death. His works have revolutionized how sculptures were seen and has garnered a lot of criticism – even from Voltaire himself.
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You can catch the show now until April 2, at the Getty Museum, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Brentwood. For more information, contact (310) 440-7300 or visit the Getty Museum website.