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 François Joseph Bosio

François Joseph Bosio

Birth
Monaco
Death 29 Jul 1845 (aged 77)
Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Burial Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France
Plot Division 45
Memorial ID 7832 · View Source
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Sculputor. He is most remembered for his neoclassic sculptures commissioned by Napoleon and the restored French monarchy during the first quarter of the nineteenth century. He was also an engraver, portrait painter, draftsman, and in 1816 a professor of drawing at the School of Fine Arts in Paris. He exhibited early artistic promise, and from the age of sixteen, he was refining his skills as a sculptor. From a heap of iron he produced a striking figure of Jesus Christ which attracted the attention of HSH Prince Honore III of Monaco. This led to him being given a scholarship by the prince to study in Paris with the eminent sculptor Augustin Pajou. After serving as lieutenant in the French Revolutionary army, he wandered into Italy visiting Florence, Rome and Naples and providing sculptures for Roman Catholic chapels and convents under the French hegemony in the 1790s. His Italian productions, which were abundant and consisted mainly of religious works, are not well known. Returning to Paris by 1807 to make his debute, he was recruited by Dominique Vivant Denon to make bas-reliefs for the monumental column in the Place Vendôme in Paris and also to serve as portrait sculptor to Emperor Napoleon I and his family. During this point of his life, he produced some of his finest work including a marble portrait bust of the Empress Josephine, which was kept in Emperor Napoleon’s private quarters. The fame of Bosio grew to such an extent that the fall of the Napoleonic Empire and the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy had no effect on him. In 1821, he was knighted by the order of Saint-Michel by King Louis XVIII. He was made baron May 11, 1828 by King Charles X. Though under King Louis-Philippe he was stripped of his titles, he continued to receive official commissions as the most gifted portrait sculptor in Paris and created the statue of Napoleon for the Column of the Grande Armée in 1840 under Napoleon III. Under the various regimes, Bosio received a large part of the commissions for Paris: the Quadriga of the Arc de Triomphe of the Carrousel, the Monument of Malesherbes (Palace of Justice), the Monument to Louis XVI (Expiatory Chapel), and the new the equestrian statue of Louis XIV for the Place des Victoires. Not only can his works be found in the Louvre Museum in Paris, they are also in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia and in the United States at the Dallas Museum in Texas and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Several books have been written about this artist including “François-Joseph Bosio: Sculptuer Monégasque” by Gerard Huburt in 1985. His older brother was noted portrait painter, Jean Baptiste François Bosio; besides French nobilities, he drew a full portrait of American statesman,Benjamin Franklin.

Bio by: Linda Davis


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  • Added: 19 Dec 1999
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7832
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for François Joseph Bosio (19 Mar 1768–29 Jul 1845), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7832, citing Cimetière du Père Lachaise, Paris, City of Paris, Île-de-France, France ; Maintained by Find A Grave .