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He first exhibited in the salon of 1833, his work including a reproduction in marble of his "Death of Hyacinthus", and the plaster cast of his "Cain and his race cursed by God". Thiers, who was at this time minister of public works, now commissioned him to execute the two groups of "Peace" and "War", placed at each side of the Arc de Triomphe. This last, which established his reputation, he reproduced in marble in the salon of 1839.
The French capital contains numerous examples of the sculptural works of Etex, which included mythological and religious subjects besides a great number of portraits. His paintings include the subjects of Eurydice and the martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, and among the best known of his architectural productions are the tomb of Napoleon I in the Invalides and a monument of the revolution of 1848.
Etex wrote a number of essays on subjects connected with the arts. The last year of his life was spent at Nice, and he died at Chaville (Seine-et-Oise) on the 14th of July 1888.
See PE Mangeant, Antoine Etex, peintre, sculpteur et architecte, 1808-1888 (Paris, 1894).
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