Bronze with gilded patina
cast by SUSSE
late nineteenth century
Height 24 cm
Louis-Ernest Barrias (1841-1905) is a French sculptor . He comes from a family of artists. His father is a porcelain painter and his older brother, Felix-Joseph Barrias, a recognized painter. Louis-Ernest Barrias entered the School of Fine Arts in Paris in 1858, he abandoned painting to move towards sculpture under the direction of François Jouffroy. In 1864, he won the Prix de Rome, on the theme of The Foundation of Marseille, and is engaged on the site of the Paris Opera. He later produced many sculpted works, most of them in marble.
In 1881, Louis-Ernest Barrias was awarded a medal of honor of the fine arts and named knight of the Legion of Honor in 1878, then promoted officer in 1881 and commander in 1900. The artist replaces Auguste Dumont at the Institute in 1884, then succeeds Jules Cavelier as a professor at the School of Fine Arts, where, among his most notable students, there are Victor Ségoffin, Charles Despiau and Paul Landowski.