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 François Joseph Bosio

 

 

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Baron François Joseph Bosio (19 March 1769 – 29 July 1845) was a French sculptor who achieved distinction in the first quarter of the nineteenth century with his work for Napoleon and for the restored French monarchy.

Born in Monaco, Bosio was given a scholarship by prince Honoré I to study in Paris with the eminent sculptor Augustin Pajou. After brief service in the Revolutionary army he lived in Florence, Rome and Naples, providing sculpture for churches under the French hegemony in Italy in the 1790s. He was recruited by Dominique Vivant in 1808 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. It was in this capacity that he produced some of his finest work, notably marble portrait busts of the Empress Josephine, which was also modelled in bisque Sèvres porcelain, and of Queen Hortense (about 1810), which was also cast in bronze by Ravrio.


Louis XVIII made Bosio a Knight of the Order of Saint Michael in 1821 and appointed him premier sculpteur du Roi. In 1828, Bosio saw his grandiose equestrian sculpture of Louis XIV erected in the Place des Victoires in Paris and was made an Officier of the Légion d'honneur. He was made a baron by Charles X of France in 1825. Though under Louis-Philippe he was stripped of his titles, he continued to receive official commissions, as the ablest portrait sculptor in Paris, and created the statue of Napoleon for the Column of the Grande Armée in 1840 under Napoleon III. He died in Paris.

Apart from the imperial busts and the statue of Louis XVI, other important works included the quadriga of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and the statue of Hercules fighting Acheloos transformed into a snake (illustration) in the Louvre. Many of his most important sculptures and statues can today be found in the Louvre museum in Paris.

 


Aristaeus, god of the gardens

 

 



Hyacinth
1817

 

 


Henry IV as a Child
1824

 

 


Hercules fighting Acheloos transformed into a snake
1824

 

 


The nymph Salmacis
 Louvre Museum






The nymph Salmacis
 Louvre Museum
 

 

 


Bust of the Marquis d'Aligre

 

 


Buste de Charles X
1825

 

 


Cupid with a Bow
1808,  Hermitage

 

 


Jerome Bonaparte

 

 


Statue Louis XIV place des Victoires

 

 


Peace riding in a triumphal chariot
Bronze mould by Charles Crozatier, Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, 1828

 

 


Bust of Vivant-Denon

 

 

Bust of Josephine
1810
Plaster
Musee des Beaux-Arts (Dijon, Bourgogne, France)

 

 


Young Indian Woman Wrapping a Shell­Fringed Band round her Leg
1845

 

 


Bust of the Virgin

 
 

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