Location Seen: Musée d’Orsay, Paris, Île-de-France, France
Artist: Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse
12 June 1824 – 4 June 1887
Title: Torchère au tambourin
Original Location: Original model in plaster was commissioned around 1866 for the grand staircase of the Opera
Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse was a French sculptor. He was one of the founding members of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, and was made an officer of the Legion of Honour.
He began his training as a goldsmith's apprentice. Carrier-Belleuse was a student of David d'Angers and briefly studied at the École des Beaux-Arts. His career is distinguished by his versatility and his work outside France: in England between 1850 and 1855 (working for Mintons), and in Brussels around 1871. His name is perhaps best known because Auguste Rodin worked as his assistant between 1864 and 1870. The two traveled to Brussels in 1871, and by some accounts, Rodin assisted Carrier-Belleuse's architectural sculpture for the Brussels Stock Exchange.