Horse and Jockey No. 1 (The Derby Winner), by Pierre Jules Mêne
A self-taught artist, Piere-Jules Mêne (1810-1879) dedicated his entire career to making bronze statues, which were met with great success among both French and international clients. His talent as an animalier sculptor was revealed in 1835 with his work, Chèvre jam levèe (Goat with a Leg Up), and soon he was chiselling and preparing animal bronzes depicting the live animals he sketched at the menagerie of the Jardin des Plantes, at the horse market or at the abattoirs of Montmartre. From 1838 to 1879, Mêne exhibited at the Salon, a prestigious show for artists. Within no time, Mêne took full advantage of animal fashion in sculpture, exclusively dedicating his work to the animal world. His link to the Barbizon school allowed him to watch and study horses, stags and dogs in the Fountainebleau region near Paris. In 1853, Mêne obtained a first class medal for his work. But it wasn't until 1862 that he was appointed Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur during the Universal Exhibition in London. In 1869, Napoléon III purchased the wax sculpture Mounted Huntsman Leading His Hounds, and the third French Republic subsequently bought the matching bronze in 1872. Mêne died in Paris in 1879 at the age of sixty-nine.
Artist: Pierre Jules Mêne
Size:H 16.54 in. x W 16.15 in. x D 5.12 in., H 42 cm x W 41 cm x D 13 cm
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