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Exposition Universelle Internationale, Paris, 1900

Medal
ca. 1900 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

This medal was issued on the occasion of the 'Exposition Universelle Internationale' in Paris in 1900 and is made by Jules Clément Chaplain (1839-1909) in France.
Along with Roty, Chaplain was one of the foremost French medallists.
Chaplain entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1857, where he studied sculpture under François Jouffroy and medals under Eugène Oudiné. As the leading French medallist he was elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 1881. He had been profoundly important in transforming the public's perception of medallic art.

Chaplain changed public taste by moving away from the established tradition by which medallic portraits and reverse compositions emerged from a completely flat field bounded by a raised circular rim. He incorporated the field into the composition, using it not as a neutral background but as the pictorial space in which the event or portrait sitter was situated.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Bronze, cast
Brief description
Medal, bronze, Exposition Universelle Internationale, Paris 1900, by Jules Clément Chaplain, France, ca. 1900
Physical description
Obverse: two allegorical figures and view of the exhibition.

Reverse: view of Paris and wreathed female head. Inscription.
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 5.5cm
  • Depth: 0.4cm
Dims taken by Scp Oct 05
Marks and inscriptions
'REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE' (reverse)
Gallery label
'American and European Art and Design 1800-1900' Along with Roty, Chaplain was one of the foremost French medallists.(1987-2006)
Credit line
Given by Professor J. Hull Grundy MBE and Mrs. Ann Hull Grundy
Object history
Bronze cast medal, signed, commemorating the International Exhibition in Paris 1900.

Given by Professor J. Hull Grundy and Mrs. Ann Hull Grundy, in 1978.



Historical significance: Along with Roty, Chaplain was one of the foremost French medallists.
Subjects depicted
Place depicted
Summary
This medal was issued on the occasion of the 'Exposition Universelle Internationale' in Paris in 1900 and is made by Jules Clément Chaplain (1839-1909) in France.

Along with Roty, Chaplain was one of the foremost French medallists.

Chaplain entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1857, where he studied sculpture under François Jouffroy and medals under Eugène Oudiné. As the leading French medallist he was elected to the Académie des Beaux-Arts in 1881. He had been profoundly important in transforming the public's perception of medallic art.



Chaplain changed public taste by moving away from the established tradition by which medallic portraits and reverse compositions emerged from a completely flat field bounded by a raised circular rim. He incorporated the field into the composition, using it not as a neutral background but as the pictorial space in which the event or portrait sitter was situated.
Collection
Accession number
A.81-1978

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Record createdApril 28, 2006
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