Jean-Jacques Pradier

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Jean-Jacques Pradier (1790-1852) was a Swiss-born French sculptor who specialized in creating sculptures of mythological and allegorical figures, as well as portraits of famous figures of his time. He was a student of the famous sculptor Antoine-Jean Gros and quickly gained a reputation for his skill in modeling and carving. He created numerous works that were widely admired, including the statue of Louis XIV that stands in the Place des Victoires in Paris. Pradier’s sculptures are characterized by their grace, delicacy, and attention to detail, and he was considered one of the leading sculptors of the Romantic period. Despite his success, he faced financial difficulties throughout his life and died in poverty in 1852.