John-Étienne Chaponnière (1801 -1835), also known as Jean-Étienne Chaponnière, was a Swiss sculptor active in Italy and France. After he studied in Pairs with the sculptor James Pradier he moved to Florence where he lived with Lorenzo Bartolini, I suspect Bartolini’s influence accounts for the naturalism of Chaponnière work. Little information about Chaponnière is available on the web which may be due to the fact he died rather young. However, Chaponnière had a considerable amount of success in his lifetime, receiving a number of important commissions.


John Etienne Chaponniere Daphnis and Chloe 1828

Chaponnière’s Hunting and Fishing Group which was later renamed Daphnis and Chloe, seems to be his best known work. There is a tenderness in Chaponnière’s piece which was lacking in Neo-Classical sculpture. I have come to admire works of this kind because they celebrate romantic love which has come under scrutiny in recent times, which due to the conflict between the abstract systems of technocracy and the freedom to be human. It is presumed the birds and bees will go on, but as bees are dying as a result of industrial pollution so is the romantic love between male and female.


John Etienne Chaponniere Daphnis and Chloe 1828


John Etienne Chaponniere etude for Daphnis and Chloe