Francois Jouffroy Harmony (Paris)

François Jouffroy (1806 – 1882) was a French sculptor who had success as an artist in his lifetime but is hardly known today. Winner of the Prix de Rome in 1832, Jouffroy exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Françaises in Paris from 1835. As a sought-after artist, Jouffroy received several public commissions such as the group representing the Harmony for the façade of the Paris Opera or the allegories of Punishment and Protection for the Palais de Justice in Paris. But I find these works to be rather dry and uninspired. Which in fairness to Jouffroy may have been due to the demands of his patrons.


Francois Jouffroy First Secret Entrusted to Venus 1839

Jouffroy’s claim to fame is his marvelous sculpture First Secret Entrusted to Venus, which is in the collection of the Louvre Museum. The charm of the work come from the fact that Jouffroy captured the personality of a young lady of about fourteen. The herm of Venus is rather unusual since most herms represent Hermes. Such a work would likely be frowned upon today but in more sane times such work was revered. Jouffroy won the gold medal in 1839 for First Secret Entrusted to Venus, which preserved its place in the Louvre.


First Secret Entrusted to Venus (photo by Yvan Lemeur)

I’ve noticed that photographs I find of sculptures often have artistic merit in themselves, as in this charming image by the photographer Yvan Lemeur. If you are the photographer who created an image of a sculpture found on Celestial Venus, let me know and I will give you credit for your photograph.


Francois Jouffroy First Secret Entrusted to Venus 1839 (in Louvre)



Francois Jouffroy First Secret Entrusted to Venus 1839 (back)