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Jean Alexandre Joseph Falguiere


FALGUIERE, JEAN ALEXANDRE JOSEPH (1831 1900), French sculptor and painter, was born at Toulouse on Sept. 7, 1831. A pupil of the Ecole des Beaux Arts he won the Prix de Rome in 1859; he became a member of the Institute in 1882. His "Victor of the Cock-Fight" (1864), and "Tarcisus the Christian Boy-Martyr" (1867) are now in the Luxembourg. His more important monuments are those to Admiral Courbet (189o) at Abbeville and the famous "Joan of Arc." His "Tri umph of the Republic" (1881-86), a vast quadriga for the Arc de Triomphe, Paris, is perhaps more amazingly full of 'life than others of his works, all of which reveal this quality of vitality in superlative degree. To these works should be added his monu ments to "Cardinal Lavigeiie" and "General de La Fayette" (the latter in Washington), and his statues of "Lamartine" (1876) and "St. Vincent de Paul" (1879), as well as the "Balzac," which he executed for the Societe des gens de lettres on the rejec tion of that by Rodin; and the busts of "Carolus-Duran" and "Coquelin cadet" (1896). He died in Paris on April 19, 190o. Falguiore was a painter as well as a sculptor. Of his paintings "The Wrestlers" (1875) and "Fan and Dagger" (1882; a de fiant Spanish woman) are in the Luxembourg.

See Leonce Benedite, Alexandre Falguiere (1902) .

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