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Although Charpentier enjoyed great success at the end of the nineteenth century as a medalist and relief sculptor, his work has only recently been rediscovered by museums and collectors. An overview of his prolific career, this exhibition is the first devoted to him since his death in 1909 and draws from the largest private collection of his art. A versatile and largely self-taught artist, Charpentier experimented with a variety of materials including bronze, silver, pewter, embossed leather and paper, terracotta, plaster, and pâte de verre (molded glass). The works include a crumb brush, the artist’s self-portrait bust, intimate miniature portraits of children, and medals of public figures, such as the novelist Émile Zola.
Organization: Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington.
Schedule: National Gallery of Art, Washington, August 6, 2006–January 28, 2007.