XIX - XXth century sculptures
CARABIN François Rupert
His passion for wood was transmitted to him by his father. He started to work early first as a fine gemstone engraver then at a wood sculptor. He started presenting his work in 1880 and thanks to a patron, was enabled to open his own workshop where he executed strange furnitures in carved wood. He is known as being the only artist mixing cabinetworking with sculpture. Indeed, quite symbolically, he executed a furniture sometimes qualified as fantastic, with naked women stand as table legs or seat structures, with snakes, owls or cats winded around them. He also worked on female figures inspired from parties and nightlife. His sculptures are often realised in red waxe then cast in bronze, copper or silver. He also made medals, jewelleries and ceramics. His style is very typicall of the Art Nouveau.