Jean Alexandre Joseph Falguière French, 1831-1900


As a student under Jouffrey, Falguière benefited from an enviable and respected education at The École des Beaux-Arts.  Another student of Jouffrey was the notable sculptor Marius Jean Antonin Mercié. Falguière, himself also took Mercié under his tutelage, imparting his own talents and slightly more modern values to Mercié, fifteen years his junior as well as many other students.


Falguière’s education began by studying the classics, the influence of which can be seen even from his earliest works.  Quickly he rose to recognition and made his debut at the Paris Salon in 1859.  He received numerous awards for his work, among them the award for sculpture from the Exposition Universelle de Paris in 1867.


Falguiére’s works were met with much success and distinction during his career. An unmistakable quality persists in his works; each possesses a particular robustness and strength as well as a marked sense of assurance.


Academie des Beaux-Arts

Legion d’Honneur


Salon, 1857

Salon, 1859 (Awarded the Grand Prix de Rome)

Salon, Paris 1863-1899 (Medal of Honor, 1868)

Exposition Universelle, 1867 (medal), 1878

Exposition Centennale, 1900

Museums and Public Collections

Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina

Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington

Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California

Minnepolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota

Musée d’Amiens

Musée des Augustins, Toulouse, France

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museum of Berlin

Museum of Bucharestpeums

Museum of Copenhagen

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Museum of Modern Art, Paris

Musée de Toulouse

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Reunion des Musees Naionaux, France

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