French sculptor Pierre Julien was born on 20 June 1731 at Saint-Paulien near Le Puy-en-Velay. His father was a carpenter who probably taught him the fundamentals of wood carving. Pierre's uncle led him to Le Puy where he entered the workshop of Gabriel Samuel (1689-1758) and created his first known work, Orpheus in the Clouds Playing the Violin. From there Julien went to Paris to receive instruction from Guillaume II Coustou (1716-1777), with whom he collaborated on the allegorical Monument to the Dauphin and the Dauphine (Sens Cathedral), finished later in 1777. It is believed that Julien executed the figure of Conjugal Love, perhaps with the assistance of a
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