Lambert Sigisbert Adam
* 1700 Nancy
† 1759 Paris
Lambert Sigisbert Adam is regarded a grand master of French 18th century sculpting, his merit was the transfer of the strong Italian baroque style to early French rococo.
Lambert Sigisbert Adam (called "l'aîne") was born son of sculptor Jacob Sigisbert Adam at Nancy in 1700. Lambert Sigisbert Adam filled his father's footsteps and was taught by him before he went to Metz in 1718. From there Lambert Sigisbert Adam (called "l'aîne") moved on to Paris, in order to work and study in the studio of François Dumont.
In Paris Lambert Sigisbert Adam soon earned a reputation for his remarkable talents. In 1723 he received the renowned "Prix de Rome" from the French Academy of Sciences and traveled to Italy on a scholarship. In the foreign land Cardinal Melchior de Polignac took the young artist under his wings. Lambert Sigisbert Adam (called "l'aîne") discovered ancient art in the Eternal City. But it especially was the baroque art of Bernini that left a lasting impression on Lambert Sigisbert Adam.
He earned his first merits for his sculptures while he was still in Rome: In 1731 Lambert Sigisbert Adam (called "l'aîne") submitted his contribution to the competition for the Fontana di Trevi ("Triomphe de Neptune"), which received wide acknowledgement. However, intriguing Italian artists thwarted the realization of Lambert Sigisbert Adam's plans.
In 1733 the Duke d'Antin called the successful Lambert Sigisbert Adam (called "l'aîne") back to Paris, where he received a commission to endow the park of the Duke of Orléans in Saint-Cloud with sculptures. In Paris Lambert Sigisbert Adam joined the academy in 1737 and became professor in 1744. During his second Parisian period, Lambert Sigisbert Adam (called "l'aîne") received a large number of official tasks from high-ranked public commissioners.
Lambert Sigisbert Adam (called "l'aîne") became famous for his masterly virtuosity. Respected by most his artist colleagues, some also eyed him sceptically. His tremendous ambitions and self-confidence as well as his combativeness made Lambert Sigisbert Adam an important but yet controversial figure in the Parisian art scene. Lambert Sigisbert Adam died in Paris in 1759.