Antoine Bourdelle

Antoine Bourdelle, “EL Arquero (The Archer)”, Bronze, 2007, Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Antoine Bourdelle was and influential and prolific French sculptor, painter and teacher. He left school at the age of 13 to work as a wood carver in his father’s cabinet making shop. He learned drawing with the founder of the Ingres Museum in Montauban, then sculpture at the art school in Toulouse. At the age of 24 he won a scholarship to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, worked briefly in the atelier of Alexander Falguiere, and frequented the studio of Jules Dalou, who was his neighbor.

He became one of the pioneers of 20th century monumental sculpture. Auguste Rodin became a great admirer of his work, and by September 1893 Antoine Bourdelle joined Rodin as his assistant where he soon became a popular teacher, both there and at his own studio where many future prominent artists attended his classes, so that his influence on sculpture was considerable.

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