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The French sculptor Victor Sappey was born in Grenoble in Isère on 11 February 1801 and died on 23 March 1856. He was also known as Pierre-Victor Sappey. His father was a stonemason.
Sappey worked in the workshop of Rogge in Paris in 1824. He lived for two years in Egypt with his friend Jean Achard, a famous painter from Dauphiné, and a group of St. Simonians. He was professor then director of the École des Beaux-Arts de Grenoble.
He was also one of the first sculptors to use cement as a sculptural material, with for example the statue of "Génie des Alpes" in Uriage-les-Bains, Isère. This was destroyed, but the model is still kept at the Musée dauphinois.
He was a friend of Théodore Ravanat and Henri Fantin-Latour, and was close to all members of the École dauphinoise that he attended in Proveysieux. He was the father-in-law of the Grenoble sculptor Aimé Charles Irvoy (1824–1898).
Sappey was also famous for his caricatures.
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