|Birthname||Henri Michel Antoine Chapu|
|born on||29 September 1833 at 21:00 (= 9:00 PM )|
|Place||Le Mée sur Seine, France, 48n32, 2e38|
|Timezone||LMT m2e38 (is local mean time)|
|Astrology data||06°27' 16°26 Asc. 23°07'|
French sculptor in a modified Neoclassical tradition who was known for the use of allegory in his works.
In 1850 he began working and studying with a well-known sculptor James Pradier. Following Pradier's death in 1852 Chapu began studying with another sculptor, Francisque Duret. After coming in second in 1851, he won the Prix de Rome in 1855, then spent five years in Italy.
His statues Mercury of 1861 and Jeanne d'Arc of 1870 (in which she was represented as a peasant girl) were his first big successes, and led to many commissions thereafter. He is also known for his medals, and led the French revival in the medal as an artistic form.
Henri Chapu died on 21 April 1891 in Paris.
- Work : Prize 1855 (Prix de Rome)
Sy Scholfield quotes from birth certificate transcribed in "Chapu: sa vie et son oeuvre" by Octave Fidière (E. Plon, Nourrit, 1894), p. 215: "ACTE DE NAISSANCE DE CHAPU: Extrait des registres de l'état civil de la commune de Mée. L'an mil huit cent trente-trois, le lundi trente septembre, quatre heures du soir, devant nous Denis-Alexandre Viard, adjoint de la commune de Mée, ... est comparu le sieur Julien Chapu, cocher, âgé de vingt et un ans, demeurant au Mée, lequel nous a présenté un enfant du sexe masculin, né audit Mée, le 29 présent mois, à neuf heures du soir, de son légitime mariage avec Claire-Philippe Lecoq, sa femme, ..."
- Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Sculptor)
- Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Prix de Rome)