François-Raoul Larche French, 1860-1912


Francois-Raoul Larche's activity corresponds with the pinnacle of the Art Nouveau period, of which he remains one of the most remarkable representatives. After some studies at the École des Beaux-Arts, particularly under the direction of Jouffroy and of Falguiere, Larche debuted at the Salon of 1884 and obtained the second Grand Prix de Rome in 1886, having only made his debut at the Salon two years before.  Over the next 30 years Larche was awarded many honors and would receive an impressive crop of state and public commissions during his fairly brief career. 


In this era Larche was greatly admired as a modern sculptor. He won one of his greatest successes with a sculpture of Loie Fuller, in which she was enveloped in a whirlwind of sails. Fuller, a famous American dancer then performing with the Folies-Bergeres Troupe, inspired many editions of statuettes in bronze of different dimensions, often gilded, and often incorporating lamps with one or two lights.


Raoul Larche received some official commissions for monuments in Paris including the Grand Palais. Other commissions included those for the Exposition Universelle of 1900 and in 1909 for a basin on the theme of La Seine et ses Affluents, originally intended for the Carrousel but finally placed on the north corner of the Grand Palais.  It still stands at that site, now facing the entrance of the Galeries Nationales.

Awards and Exhibitions

Sociétédes Artists Français, 1881

Second Grand Prix de Rome, 1886

Exposition Universelle, Paris, 1900 (gold medal)

Museums and Public Collections

Musée Municipal Bernay, France

Musée d’Orsay

Museum of Modern Art, New York

University of North Carolina, Ackland Art Museum

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Villa Stuck Museum, Germany

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