Clésigner, Auguste

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Clésigner, Auguste Gender: M
Clésigner, Jean-Baptiste
born on 22 October 1814 at 15:00 (= 3:00 PM )
Place Besançon, France, 47n15, 6e02
Timezone LMT m6e02 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 28°35' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 12°12 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 01°06'

Auguste Clésigner


French sculptor and painter. At the 1847 Paris Salon, he created a sensation with his 'Woman bitten by a serpent' (please see wikilink for a picture) produced from life-casts from his model Apollonie Sabatier (the pose being particularly suitable for such a method), thus reinforcing the scandal with an erotic dimension. Appolonie Sabatier was a salonnière and the mistress of Charles Baudelaire and others. The sculpture's beauty was praised by Théophile Gautier:

'Clésinger has resolved this problem of making beauty without cuteness, without affectation, without mannerism, with a head and a body of our own time, in which can be recognised his mistress if she is beautiful'

At the death of the composer-pianist Frédéric Chopin on 17 October 1849, Clésinger made Chopin's death mask and a cast of his hands. He also sculpted, in 1850, the white marble funerary monument of Euterpe, the muse of music, for Chopin's grave at the Père Lachaise Cemetery, in Paris.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • business associate/partner relationship with Sabatier, Apollonie (born 7 April 1822). Notes: model for the sculpture woman bitten by a snake
  • has other family relationship with Sand, George (born 1 July 1804). Notes: mother-in-law


  • Relationship : Marriage 19 May 1847 (to Solange Dudevant daughter of George Sand)
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  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 28 February 1848 (daughter born)
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  • Social : Great Publicity 1849 (Knighted Légion d'honneur)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 10 May 1849 (daughter born)
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  • Relationship : End significant relationship 1855 (divorce and death of daughter)
  • Social : Great Publicity 1864 (Officer Légion d'honneur)

Source Notes

Collection Didier Geslain


  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (sculptor/painter)