Bronze sculpture Setter Dog by Pierre Jules Mene (copy)
Pierre Jules Mène Follow Artist(1810-1879)
French bronze sculptor. Pierre-Jules Mene was a member of the Animaliers. A 19th century French group of artists founded by Antoine-Louis Barye that used animals as the primary subject of their art.
Born into a metal working family. Mene learned casting skills from his father and later studied with sculptor Rene Campaire.
Early in his career he created porcelain models and started his own foundry in 1837.
He became quite popular both in France and England for his naturalistic. Small-scale portrayal of animals, most notably equine subjects and dogs (bronze sculptures of dogs were particularly popular in 19th century France) , but his repertoire also included ducks, chickens, sheep, etc.
He exhibited at the Paris Salon throughout his career where he won several medals. At the Great Exhibition in London in 1851 and 1862, and won the Legion d’Honneur in 1861.
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