Emmanuel Fremiet

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Emmanuel Fremiet

French Academic Classical sculptor and animalier

Born 1824 - Died 1910

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FREMIET, EMMANUEL (1824-1910), French sculptor, born in Paris, was a nephew and pupil of Rude; he chiefly devoted himself to animal sculpture and to equestrian statues in armour. His earliest work was in scientific lithography (osteology), and for a while he served in times of adversity in the gruesome office of painter to the Morgue. In 1843 he sent to the Salon a study of a Gazelle, and after that date was very prolific in his works. His Wounded Bear and Wounded Dog were produced in 1850, and the Luxembourg Museum at once secured this striking example of his work. From 1855 to 1859 Fremiet was engaged on a series of military statuettes for Napoleon III. He produced his equestrian statue of Napoleon I in 1868, and of Louis d'Orleans in 1869 (at the Château de Pierrefonds) and in 1874 the first equestrian statue of Joan of Arc, erected in the Place des Pyramides, Paris; this he afterwards (1889) replaced with another and still finer version. In the meanwhile he had exhibited his masterly Gorilla and Woman which won him a medal of honor at the Salon of 1887. Of the same character, and even more remarkable, is his Ourang-Outangs and Borneo Savage of 1895, a commission from the Paris Museum of Natural History. Fremiet also executed the statue of St Michael for the summit of the spire of the Eglise St Michel, and the equestrian statue of Velázquez for the Jardin de l'Infante at the Louvre. He became a member of the Academie des Beaux-Arts in 1892, and succeeded Barye as professor of animal thawing at the Natural History Museum of Paris.

Source: Entry on the artist in the 1911 Edition Encyclopedia.

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