Larche, François-Raoul (French, 1860-1912)

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François-Raoul Larche (1860-1912) was a French Art Nouveau sculptor, who is famous for his monumental sculptures, many of which were purchased by the state and placed in public locations around Paris.

In 1878, Larche began studying at l’École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris. The sculptor regularly exhibited at important international exhibitions where his works were met with critical acclaim and won numerous awards, including a gold medal at the Parisian Exposition Universelle in 1900.  

In addition to his larger works, Larche was also famous for his smaller sculptures of religious imagery, as well as draped and nude female figures. Of these, the most popular remain Larche’s bronze depictions of the American dancer Loïe Fuller (1862-1928), which often portray Fuller mid-performance, surrounded by billowing drapery.

Today, Larche’s work retains its appeal and can be found in important collections and institutions across the world.