- Category : Art-Fine-art-artist
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 3/5 - Martyr / Heretic
- Definition : Split - Small (20,49)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX Laws 3
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.