Bourgeois Charles Arthur


Baron Charles-Arthur Bourgeois, born May 19, 1838 in Dijon, and died November 11, 1886 in Paris, was a French sculptor.
Grandson of General Bourgeois, Baron of the Empire, Charles-Arthur Bourgeois was admitted to the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris on October 1, 1857 and worked in the ateliers of Francisque Duret and Eugène Guillaume.

In 1862 he won a prize in the Tête d’Expression competition for La Résignation. He won first prize in Rome in 1863 for La Mort de Nysus et Euryale.
From 1863 Bourgeois exhibited regularly at the Salon of French artists. He received several medals, including a third-class medal at the 1878 Paris World’s Fair. He received requests from the State to decorate Parisian monuments, the town hall, the Sorbonne and many others. Above all, he produced very realistic busts and statues, exotic in nature, several of which appeared at the Salon between 1863 and 1886, including Charmeur de serpent or danseur Nubien 1864, resulting in numerous reproductions.

Bourgeois’ most well-known bronze sculptures, Le charmeur de serpent and le chasseur de crocodile, can be found today in the Jardin des Plantes in Paris.
He died on November 11, 1886 at his Parisian home.
He was buried on November 13, 1886 in the Montparnasse cemetery.


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