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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 (showing 500 of 5550 characters).