Félix-Maurice Charpentier (1858-1924), was born in Bollène in Vaucluse, he studied with the sculptor Armand in Avignon at the Mucipal Wchool of FIne Arts before moving to Paris in 1877.
Charpentier studied at the École Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Paris under the celebrated sculptor and professor Pierre-Jules Cavelier (1814-1896) and Amedee Doublemard. He was regarded as one of the outstanding sculptors of his day and exhibited at the Salons from 1884 onwards. In 1869 he won the silver medal at the Exposition Universelle and received several commissions. He exhibited each year at the Salon des Artistes Français. In 1882 the Salon awarded him a citation for the composition entitled "Le Repos du Moissonneur" and in 1884 he was awarded the 3rd Prize medal for the composition entitled "Le Jeune Faune" which was then purchased by the city of Paris. In 1887 his submission of the work in plaster entitled the "L'Improvisateur" won him the 2nd Prize medal and a paid visit to Italy and in 1889 with a bronze version of the same piece he won a silver medal at the Paris World Fair. In 1890 he won the Salon's 1st Prize medal and the Exhibition Prize for the compositions of "La Chanson" in marble and "Lutteurs" in plaster. The marble version of "Les Lutteurs" was to subsequently bring him the Salon's highest award, the "Medal of Honour". It was purchased by the State and since 1905 has stood by the town hall of Bollène. On May 5, 1892, the day of the unveiling of the monument celebrating Avignon's absorption into France, he was decorated with the title of Chevalier of the Légion of Honour.
Félix Charpentier (1858-1924) : Fondation Louis Vouland, Avignon (2005).