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Antoine Bourdelle - French Artist From Art History

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Historical Artist - Antoine Bourdelle (1861 - 1929)

Emile-Antoine Bourdelle was born in Montauban and began working as a cabinetmaker, following in the footsteps of his father. In 1876, he enrolled in the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Toulouse and eventually won a scholarship to attend the same institution in Paris. Bourdelle was Rodin’s main assistant from 1893 to 1980 and was often overshadowed by his employer’s success. However, he received many important public commissions and was a respected teacher. In 1888 he did his first sculptures of Beethoven, producing authoritative work with an emphasis on order, the spirit of geometry, construction and invention. He became one of the pioneers of 20th century monumental sculpture. Auguste Rodin became a great admirer of his work and in 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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