Jef Lambeaux

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Jef Lambeaux
Born Joseph Lambeaux
(1852-01-14)14 January 1852
Died 5 June 1908(1908-06-05) (aged 56)
Nationality Belgian
Known for Sculpture
Notable work Temple of Human Passions
Patron(s) Jean Geefs

Jef Lambeaux or Josef Lambeaux (14 January 1852 – 5 June 1908) was a Belgian sculptor born in Antwerp. He studied at the Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts, and was a pupil of Jean Geefs. He was part of a group of young artists, the "Van Beers clique", led by Jan van Beers. This group included the artists Piet Verhaert (1852–1908) and Alexander Struys (1852–1941). They were well known for their mischievous and eccentric behaviour, including walking around Antwerp dressed in historic costumes.[1]

His first work, War, was exhibited in 1871, and was followed by a long series of humorous groups, including Children dancing, Say Good Morning, The Lucky Number and; An Accident (1875). He then went to Paris, where he executed The Beggar and The Blini Pauper for the Belgian salons, and produced The Kiss (1881), generally regarded as his masterpiece. After visiting Italy, where he was much impressed by the works of Jean Boulogne, he showed a strong predilection for effects of force and motion.

Other notable works include his Brabo fountain in Antwerp (1886), Robbing the Eagles Eyrie (1890), Drunkenness (1893), The Triumph of Woman, The Bitten Faun (which created a great stir at the Exposition Universelle at Liege in 1905), and The Human Passions, a colossal marble bas-relief, elaborated from a sketch exhibited in 1889. Of his numerous busts may be mentioned those of Hendrik Conscience, and of Charles Buls, the burgomaster of Brussels. He died on the 6th of June 1908.[2][3]

Museum Jef Lambeaux

In 2006 the association "ASBL Musée Jef Lambeaux" was set up to promote the creation of a museum dedicated to the artist in Saint-Gilles, Belgium.[4] The museum was already promised by the municipality of Saint-Gilles in 1898 but never built.[5]


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  2. Nineteenth Century Decorative Arts. 1984. London: Sotheby's, p. 442.
  3. Catley, Bryan. 2003. Art Deco and Other Figures. Woodbridge, UK: Antique Collectors Club Limited, p. 390.
  4. Leclercq, Philippe. "Amusez Lambeaux" (in French). asbl Musée Jef Lambeaux. Retrieved 2009-01-21. <templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  • Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Lambeaux, Jef". Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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