Pierre-Charles Simart is another French sculptor (1806-1857), born in Troyes, who moved to Paris at the age of 17, thanks to a scholarship. He won a Prix de Rome 9 years later.
Back from Rome, he sculpted major pieces in Paris such as a Napoleon statue, and several for the Louvres (Sully pavillion, Denon pavillion, ...). Among his teachers, lets name Ingres.
Simart himself also teached at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.
The bronze sculpture below, in Troyes, is from the mythology story of Oreste, searching help from Pallas.
The same sculpture was sculpted in marble and is located in Rouen (below).
|Oreste - marble statue - detail|
Below is an old drawing made by the French painter Paul Flandrin (1811-1902) who, like the sculptor Simart, had the same teacher (Ingres).
|Drawing from Paul Flandrin (1811-1902).|
And a contemporary version was made by Pierre & Gilles, with their painted photography of Oreste in 2013, displayed at the Galerie Daniel Templon (Paris). The model was Staiv Gentis.
|Oreste, by Pierre & Gilles, 2013. |