Carrier-Belleuse’s prodigious output included works made of plaster, bronze, marble, and terracotta; he made trophies, furniture, clocks, vases, dolls, and jewelry, as well as projects on a more monumental scale. He was frequently called upon to provide sculptural decoration for the interiors and exteriors of the numerous new buildings constructed in Paris during the Second Empire under Napoleon III (r. 1852-1870). His large workshop periodically included the young Auguste Rodin.
The artist is perhaps best remembered, however, for his portraits and sensuous female allegorical figures modeled in clay. Carrier-Belleuse’s prolific production was the result of his highly organized workshop practices. The basic form of each bust was cast from molds, then meticulously reworked to insure a fresh, crisp appearance with an abundance of decorative details. This allegorical bust of Autumn was surely one in a series of the four seasons.