Félix Maurice Charpentier (1858-1924) was a French sculptor.
Charpentier was born on January 10, 1858 in Bollène. At the age of seven he already carved wooden figures and formed clay sculptures. At the age of 16, he attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Avignon, where he learned the crafts of statue.
In 1877 he moved to Paris and attended the prestigious Ecole des Beaux -Arts. He became a pupil of Pierre-Jules Cavelier (1814-1894) and Amédée Doublemard (1826-1900), with whom he was in friendly relationship.
His first works Felix Charpentier exhibited in the Salon des Artistes Français, where he regularly showed his artworks in the following years.
Around 1882 he met his later wife Léa Lucas and enjoyed first successes, when he got a laudatory mentioning for his figure “The Rest of the Harvesters” at an exhibition in the Salon des Artistes Français. In 1884 he received a third-class medal for his statue “Young Faun“, and in 1887 he got the second-class medal for his work “The Improviser”. He also received a journey budget, with which he travelled to Spain, where he was inspired by the art of Francisco de Goya (* March 30, 1746 in Fuendetodos, Aragón; † April 16, 1828 in Bordeaux) and the native ancestors.
He visited Rome, Florence and Naples. In 1889 “The Improviser”, casted in bronze, received the silver medal at the world’s fair in Paris. From this moment he had reached a degree of fame that increased through the years. On May 5, 1892 he was even decorated with the medal of the French Legion of Honour “Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur”.
Charpentier enjoyed his greatest success in 1893, when he got the Medal of Honour for his marble figure “The Wrestlers”. This figure has been decorated the city hall square in Bollène since 1905. For example Felix Charpentier decorated the station Gare de Lyon in Paris and designed memorials for Madier de Montjau and Emile Jamais.
In 1900 he received the First Medal of Honour for his works “The Falling Star”, “The Wrestlers” and “The Song”. For this reason he also was decorated by the president Emile Loubet with the officer`s rosette of the Legion of Honour.
Felix Charpentier created more than 40 war memorials of World War I and more than 200 busts of famous people. He died on December 7, 1924 in Paris.