Alexandre Falguière was exemplary for the academic standards of French sculpture in the 19th century. His work garnered him both critical praise and popular admiration for its refinedness and quality, as such today his career epitomises the successful academic artist of the 19th century. Falguière began to study art in his hometown of Toulouse but soon moved to Paris to work for the great sculptors Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse and Jean-Louis Chenillon. Subsequently in 1854 he was admitted into the École des Beaux-Arts, under the tutelage of François Jouffroy, and only five years later won the coveted Prix de Rome.

 

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