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Jean-Pierre Dantan (known as Dantan the Younger) Paris 1800 - Baden-Baden 1869 was a French sculptor.

Both Jean-Pierre and his brother Antoine Laurent Dantan (Dantan the Elder) were sculptors. Although Antoine won the Prix de Rome in 1828, Jean-Pierre is today the better known sculptor, particularly as a maker of sculptural portraits and caricatures of his contemporaries. The brothers are sometimes confused in reference sources.

Dantan's portraits include men of political fame (Talleyrand, William Douglas), artistic or musical renown (Beethoven, Paganini, Verdi, Liszt), and great writers (Victor Hugo, Balzac). Their expressive, sometimes cartoonish style (most similar to the work of Honoré Daumier among Dantan's contemporaries) was very successful. They can be found today in many museums and private collections, especially in France and Britain. The Carnavalet Museum in Paris has a significant collection.

The brothers Dantan are buried in the family plot in Père Lachaise Cemetery (Division IV) in Paris.


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