Giraud, born in Aix-en-Provence on 21 June 1752, is regarded as a self-taught sculptor, however, one who entered the French academic system, having been named an associate (agréé) in 1788 and a full academician a year later. At that point he presented his most famous statue, the marble Dying Achilles (Salon of 1789; now in the Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence). The figure, very well received, according to Jean-Georges Wille, shows the warrior stretched out in pain, attempting to extract the arrow from his left heel. Jacques-Louis David wrote that Giraud "was instantly accepted on the basis of this work although of a style which still has not caught on much at the Academy which does not yet like the antique much. He
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