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Mène, Pierre-Jules

Mène, Pierre-Jules



Mène, Pierre-Jules

(b Paris, 25 March 1810; d Paris, 21 May 1879).

French sculptor. Having learnt to cast and chase bronze from his father, who was a metal-turner, he began his career by executing models for porcelain manufacturers and making small-scale sculptures for the commercial market. He received his first professional lessons from the sculptor René Compaire and augmented these with anatomical studies and life drawings of animals in the Jardin des Plantes, Paris. From 1838 he regularly exhibited animal sculptures at the Salon. His statuettes and groups, such as Flemish Cow and her Calf (wax, 1845; Paris, Mus. d'Orsay), depicted the animal world with great physical precision. He even made sculptures of horses, such as Ibrahim, an Arab Horse Brought from Egypt (exh. Salon 1843), Djinn, Barb Stallion (exh. Salon 1849) and the Winner of the Derby (exh. Salon 1863). Mène was distinguished from other animal sculptors by his well-developed sense of business. He established his own foundry, where he formed a partnership with his son-in-law Auguste-Nicolas Cain, also an animal sculptor; they published a catalogue of their works, which could be ordered directly from the studio. The wide dissemination of reproductions of Mène's works ensured his popularity in France and abroad, especially in England.

BIBLIOGRAPHY
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J. Cooper: Nineteenth-century Romantic Bronzes: French, English and American Bronzes, 1830-1915 (London, 1975) 

 


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