Victor Sappey

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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).


One of Sappey's winged angels on the fontaine des dauphins Grenoble - Ange grenette.JPG
One of Sappey's winged angels on the fontaine des dauphins
The 'Fontaine du Serpent et du Lion, Grenoble Grenoble - La Fontaine du Lion 2.jpg
The 'Fontaine du Serpent et du Lion, Grenoble
Old print showing "Le Geant des Alpes" Le Geant des Alpes.JPG
Old print showing "Le Géant des Alpes"

Sappey was also famous for his caricatures. [18]

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