CARPEAUX, Jean-Baptiste

Valenciennes, Nord 1827 - Courbevoie, Hauts-de-Seine 1875

Trois Grâces

The Three Graces

c. 1872



Dimensions (HxWxD): 32 12 x 18 12 in.

signed on the base: JB. Carpeaux

Acc. No.: 75.52

Credit Line: The William Hood Dunwoody Fund

Photo credit: ph. courtesy Minneapolis Institute of Art

© Artist:


  • Madame Louise Clément-Carpeaux (1872-1961, daughter of the sculptor and author of his biography). She owned the model and displayed it within her home before sending it "on loan" to the Musée de Valenciennes. The model was maybe sold to the auction of Carpeaux's workshop in 1913.
  • By 1930, M. Georges Lepas
  • 1975, The William Hood Dunwoody Fund


  • Museum's website, October 8, 2015


  • 1927 Paris
    Exposition rétrospective du centenaire de la naissance de Carpeaux, Paris, Grand Palais, 1927

    1929 Bruxelles
    Centenary Exhibition Carpeaux, Bruxelles, Palais des Beaux-Arts, January-February 1929

Related works

  • Other plaster copy, H. 32 1/2, Copenhagen, Glyptotek, acc. no. 1358.


  • Museum's website, October 8, 2015 :
    These three dancing figures are a smaller, plaster version of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux's marble "Dance," which decorates the façade of the Paris Opéra. When the sculpture was unveiled, the public, accustomed to the idealism of the neoclassical style, was outraged. Carpeaux's realistic rendering of female flesh provoked vandalism and threats of removal. Carpeaux's erotically charged group at the same time generated fascination and interest, the sculptor produced numerous bronze, plaster, and terra-cotta copies of heads, single figures, and groups from his composition.