Charles-Auguste Fraikin

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Statue of the Counts of Egmont and Hornes (1864)

Charles Auguste Fraikin (14 June 1817 – 22 November 1893) was a Belgian neoclassical sculptor.


Charles Auguste Fraikin was born in Herentals, Belgium, on 14 June 1817.[1][2] He took drawing lessons from the age of twelve at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. When he was thirteen, his father died. Fraikin therefore opted for practical training as a pharmacist.[3] He worked in the pharmacy of Auguste-Donat De Hemptinne, brother-in-law of François-Joseph Navez, painter and director of the Brussels Academy, who discovered his talent and encouraged him to continue in the arts.[4][5]

At the Salon van Brussel [nl] in 1845, Fraikin won a gold medal for the sculpture L'amour captif. Marble versions of it were later placed in the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium and the Hermitage. It brought him to the attention of the Belgian royal family, which led to new commissions. Among other things, he made a statue of King Leopold.

In addition to being a sculptor, Fraikin was also curator of the sculpture department of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium.

At the end of his life he had donated his collection of plaster models to the city of Herentals. He witnessed the opening of his museum in the Cloth hall of Herentals [nl]. He died on 22 November 1893 in Schaarbeek.[2] After a church funeral he was buried close to the choir of Saint-Waldetrudis church [nl].[3]

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  1. ^ Baudouin, Piet (1991). Liebaers, Herman (ed.). Flemish Art from the Beginning Till Now. Mercatorfonds. p. 523. ISBN 9789061532620. Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  2. ^ a b "Charles Auguste Fraikin". RKD. Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  3. ^ a b Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten (Belgium) (2008). Heads on Shoulders Portrait Busts in the Low Countries 1600-1800. Snoeck. p. 68. Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  4. ^ Min, Eric (2016). Een schilder in Parijs Henri Evenepoel (1872-1899) (in Dutch). De Bezige Bij. ISBN 9789023497196.
  5. ^ Musée d'art moderne (Musées royaux des beaux-arts de Belgique) (1987). 275 [Tweehonderdvijfenzeventig] jaar onderwijs aan de Koninklijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten van Brussel (in French). Crédit Communal. p. 328. Retrieved 26 November 2021.
  6. ^ Pater Pieter Jan De Smet (Dendermonde)