Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, the sculptor who made the statues smile, is invited to Orsay for a retrospective.

The Orsay Museum is organizing, in partnership with the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York, as well as the Museum of Fine Arts of Valenciennes, an exhibition of the work of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (1827-1875). It is the first retrospective of the artist since 1975, also known for his paintings and drawings.


Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, son of a mason and a lace of Valenciennes, build an exceptional destiny closely linked to the “imperial party” of the reign of Napoleon III.

This exhibition will explore the contrasting work of this major figure of the French sculpture of the second half of the nineteenth century.

Great exhibition by the large number and diversity of works presented, the central aisle d’Orsay which lends itself perfectly to receive in its majesty and its volume of such sets.

Do not miss this opportunity!

From June 24 to September 28, 2014

Open from 9:30 to 18 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30 to 9:45 p.m. Thursday. Closed on Mondays