Henri-Michel-Antoine Chapu French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 556

Chapu was a Second Empire sculptor with rare lyric gifts. His young winged genius bows the violin before a cityscape that represents Thebes, whose walls were said to have been raised to the strains of Amphion's lyre; he is the diminutive figure at right. The imagery thus unites the harmonies of music and architecture. This is the model for one of six silvered bronze reliefs; allegories of the arts, that were destined for the drawing room of Chapu's architect friend, Paul Sédille; his Paris house in the Boulevard Magenta was completed in 1870.

Music, Henri-Michel-Antoine Chapu (French, Mée-sur-Seine, Seine-et-Marne 1833–1891 Paris), Terracotta, French

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