Musée d'Orsay: Félicie de Fauveau. The Amazon Sculptress

Félicie de Fauveau. The Amazon Sculptress

Félicie de FauveauThe Lamp known as Saint Michael's Lamp© DR/Cliché musée d'Orsay, Patrice Schmidt
Félicie de Fauveau (1801-1886) was a figure as emblematic as she was unique. Nostalgic for an era that she had not lived through, a royalist, a catholic, a single woman and a feminist, this sculptress committed her life and her art to defending a political utopia, expressed principally through images of History.
After supporting the Duchesse de Berry and organising uprisings in the Vendée with the Countess de La Rochejaquelein, she agreed to go into exile, and settled in Florence. Taking her inspiration from the symbolism of heraldry, she produced a Catholic iconography, militant and glorified, with Neo-Gothic and Neo- Renaissance inspired forms. Her sculptures have been dispersed mainly outside France and are rarely seen. The exhibition, organised by the Historial de Vendée and the Musée d’Orsay, will be the very first retrospective devoted to her work.

Exhibition curators

Ophélie Ferlier, sculpture curator, Musée d'Orsay
Christophe Vital, chief heritage curator, regional curator for the Musées de Vendée

Scientific curators

Jacques de Caso, Professor Emeritus, University of California at Berkeley
Sylvain Bellenger, Searle Chair and Curator, Medieval to Modern European Painting and Sculpture, Art Institute of Chicago

Organised by the Musée d'Orsay and the Historial de Vendée, the exhibition will also be shown at the Historial de Vendée, Les Lucs-sur-Boulogne, from 15 February to 19 March 2013

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13 June - 15 September 2013
Musée d'Orsay

Rooms 8 and 9

Admission with the museum ticket

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