Bourdelle, Emile Antoine (1861-1929) by Scholes, Robert

Emile Antoine Bourdelle (1861 – 1929)

He was born in Montauban, where his father was a cabinet maker. He went to Paris in 1884, where he studied successively under Falguière, Dalou, and Rodin. Bourdelle differed sharply from Rodin in his preoccupation with the relation of sculpture to architecture. Seeking his inspiration in archaic Greece and the Gothic, he achieved his greatest success in heroic and monumental works such as Hercules, of which there is a cast in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and his monument to Americans who died in World War I (Pointe de Grave). He is also noted for his numerous portrait heads. Despite their different styles, he remained a friend of Rodin, and made a memorial bust of him in 1909.

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