François Lucas studied with his father Pierre Lucas (1691-1752), one of the founders of the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts de Toulouse. In 1761 François won the First Prize of Sculpture there with David and Abigail, a bas-relief, and three years later he was named professor. In 1774 we find Lucas in Carrara, planning his great bas-relief, The Junction of the Canal des Deux-Mers, seventeen meters in length (Canal des Deux-Mers, Toulouse). Most all of the sculptor's works are in the Musée des Augustins in Toulouse - in the museum that Lucas himself founded. Lucas was a great art collector, mainly interested in ancient medals and inscriptions. His own works (donated to the mu
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