"Bust Of General Boulanger By Albert-ernest Carrier-belleuse (1824-1887)."Bust of General Boulanger (1837-1891) by Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (1824-1887). Biscuit from the Manufacture de Sèvres. Circa 1885. Signed "A.Carrier-Belleuse" on the back. Height: 68.5 cm Width: 39.5 cm Present in the collections of the du Musée de Bretagne in Rennes.
Georges Ernest Jean-Marie Boulanger is a French general and politician. Born in Rennes on April 29, 1837, Boulanger is known to have shaken the Third Republic. He led a brilliant military career where he distinguished himself in different colonial campaigns (Kabylia, Cochinchina, Tonkin, Tunisia, etc.). Under the orders of the duc d’Aumale, he became the youngest general in the French army. His positions against the Germans and his revenge speech made him a popular man. His political ambitions were then carried by a movement called “boulangisme”. Close to Georges Clemenceau, he became Minister of War in 1886. Supported by the Bonapartist and monarchist, he entered the parliament. His supporters urged him to overthrow the government. Involved in several corruption cases, Boulanger fled to Belgium before an arrest order was brought against him. He committed suicide on the grave of his mistress in the cemetery of Ixelles on September 30, 1891.
Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse (1824-1887) was one of the most prolific sculptors of the Second Empire. Benefiting from the personal support of Napoleon III, he contributed to the influence of the decorative arts in the 19th century. His numerous busts of celebrities had considerable success. He was the master of Auguste Rodin and director of the Manufacture de Sèvres.