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Pierre-Jules Mene (French, 1810-1879

Born in Paris in 1810, Pierre-Jules Mene was the second most successful and prolific animalier of his day, Barye being the only peer of greater renown. He won four medals at the Salon, receiving the Cross of the Legion d'honneur in 1861. Beginning in 1838, Pierre-Jules Mene cast his work personally in his own foundry and later expanded to handle sculpture for his son-in-law Auguste Caine.  As an avenue into the profitable English market, he arranged the Coalbrookdale Foundry and the Falkirk Foundry to cast models of his works. A sculptor of incredible success and personal renown during his lifetime, his influence on the realist movement remains tangible. 

Literature & Further Reading:

  • Animals in Bronze, Christopher Payne
  • The Animaliers, James Mackay; reproduction of Mene's catalog on p. 147-151
  • Bronzes of the 19th Century: Dictionary of Sculptors, Pierre Kjellberg, p. 469-483
  • E. Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Vol. IX, Gründ, 2006, p. 760
  • Bronze Sculpture of Les Animaliers, Jane Horswell
  • Art Bronzes, Michael Forrest, 1988