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Alfred Boucher (French, 1850-1934)

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Born in Nogent-sur-Seine in 1850, Alfred Boucher studied in Paris at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts starting in 1869 under fellow Nogent native sculptor Paul Dubois, as well as studying with Augustin Dumont and Joseph Ramus. In 1874 he mounted his first exhibition the Paris Salon where he was awarded a bronze medal. He spent some time traveling in Florence and Rome despite not winning the Grand Prix de Rome and it was from there that he sent his statue of Eve for exhibition in 1878. The same year he returned to France to set up his studio in Paris and in 1881 he was awarded the Prix du Salon. He was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in 1887 and was ultimately awarded the Grand Prix at the Exposition Universelle in 1900. He experimented with casting sculpture in cement later in his career, his more notable achievement in this medium being the monument to the fallen in 1921. In 1925 he was promoted to Grand-Officier of the Légion d'Honneur and he died in Paris nine years later in 1934.

His works were cast by several foundries, including Susse Freres, Ferdinand Barbedienne, Hébrard and Siot-Decauville. He also licensed a number of his sculptures to the Sévres factory for production in porcelain bisque as well as Müller for production in sand-stone.

Artist Listings & Further Reading:

  • Alfred Boucher 1850-1934 "sculpteur – humaniste", Jacques Piette, 2000
  • Bronzes of the Nineteenth Century: Dictionary of Sculptors, Pierre Kjellberg, 1994, p. 118-20
  • E. Benezit Dictionary of Artists, vol. II, Gründ, 2006, p. 958-959
  • Art Bronzes, Michael Forrest, 1988, p. 471
  • The Dictionary of Western Sculptors in Bronze, James Mackay, 1977, p. 48