In 1848, the very year slavery was abolished in France, he caught visitors' attention at the Salon by exhibiting a bust of a Sudanese. Appropriating an ethnographic science then only in its beginnings, he was also remarkable for his use of polychromy in sculpture, in particular of the onyx-marble of Algeria. From his ethnographic missions in Algeria, Greece and Egypt, he brought back busts and medallions, portraits born of his encounters with the natives.
Laure de Margerie, reseracher, Musée d'Orsay
Exhibition also presented at the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec from June 10 to September 6, 2004 and at the Dahesh Museum of Art, New York form October 12, 2004 to January 9, 2005
Periodical48/14, La revue du musée d'Orsay, issue # 18, Spring 2004
Musée d'Orsay / Réunion des musées nationaux
Exhibition catalogueFacing the Other: Charles Cordier (1827-1905), Ethnographic Sculptor
Harry N. Abrams, Inc.