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Jean Alexandre Joseph Falguière (also given as Jean-Joseph-Alexandre Falguière, or in short Alexandre Falguière) (7 September 1831 – 20 April 1900) was a French sculptor and painter.[1]


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Falguière's Victor of the Cockfight, book engraving c. 1900, with added drapery

Falguière was born in Toulouse.[1] A pupil of the École des Beaux-Arts, he won the Prix de Rome
Prix de Rome
in 1859; he was awarded the medal of honor at the Paris Salon
Paris Salon
in 1868 and was appointed Officer of the Legion of Honor in 1878.[1] Falguière's first bronze statue of importance was Le Vainqueur au Combat de Coqs (Victor of the Cockfight) (1864), and Tarcisius
the Christian Boy-Martyr followed in 1867; both were exhibited in the Luxembourg Museum[1] and are now in the Musée d'Orsay.[2] His more important monuments are those to Admiral Courbet
Admiral Courbet
(1890) at Abbeville and the famous Joan of Arc. Other works include Eve (1880), Diana (1882 and 1891), Woman and Peacock (a. k. a. Juno and The Peacock), and The Poet, astride his Pegasus
spreading wings for flight. He sculpted The Dancer, based on Cléo de Mérode
Cléo de Mérode
which today is also in the Musée d'Orsay. In 1870 he helped create the snow sculpture, La statue de la Résistance.[3] To these works should be added his monuments to Cardinal Lavigerie
Cardinal Lavigerie
and to General de La Fayette (in Washington, DC), and his statues of Alphonse de Lamartine
Alphonse de Lamartine
(1876) and St Vincent de Paul
Vincent de Paul
(1879), as well as the Honoré de Balzac, which he executed for the Société des gens de lettres on their rejection of that by Auguste Rodin; and the busts of Carolus-Duran
and Ernest Alexandre Honoré Coquelin
Ernest Alexandre Honoré Coquelin
(1896). Falguière was a painter as well as a sculptor, but somewhat inferior in merit. He displays a fine sense of colour and tone, added to the qualities of life and vigour that he instils into his plastic work. His Wrestlers (1875) and Fan and Dagger (1882; a defiant Spanish woman) were in the Luxembourg, and other pictures of importance are The Beheading of St John the Baptist
John the Baptist
(1877), The Sphinx
(1883), Acis and Galatea (1885), Old Woman and Child (1886) and In the Bull Slaughter-House. Falguière also taught; among his students were Francis Edwin Elwell, Ernest Henri Dubois, Julien Caussé, Laurent Marqueste, Henri Crenier and Théophile Barrau. Falguière became a member of the Institut de France
Institut de France
(Académie des Beaux-Arts) in 1882.[1] Falguière died in Paris in 1900 and was interred there in the Père Lachaise Cemetery, where his monument is by his pupil Marqueste. See also[edit]

Léonce Bénédite
Léonce Bénédite
(biographer) List of works by Alexandre Falguière


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^ a b c d e  One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Falguière, Jean Alexandre Joseph". Encyclopædia Britannica. 10 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 147.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 October 2006. Retrieved 28 November 2006.  ^ Eckstein, Bob. "The Revolution of 1870: The Snowman's French Roll". The History of the Snowman. ISBN 978-1-4169-4066-1. 

External links[edit] Media related to Alexandre Falguière
Alexandre Falguière
at Wikimedia Commons

Works by or about Alexandre Falguière
Alexandre Falguière
at Internet Archive (in French) Insecula: index to pages displaying Falguière's work (it may be necessary to close an advertising window to view this page) Alexandre Falguière
Alexandre Falguière
in American public collections, on the French Sculpture Census website

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 42036987 LCCN: no95003355 ISNI: 0000 0000 6654 4001 GND: 13185142X SUDOC: 08669314X BNF: cb14005799r (data) ULAN: 500032958 NLA: 35499148 NKC: xx0098678 Léonore: LH/928/47 KulturNav: fbefc994-5418-4d8e-b89d-140ffc5807f8 RKD: 27259 SN


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