Paul Edouard Delabrierre (1829 - 1912) was born in Paris, France on March 29th 1829. He was an important member of the Animalier school in late 19th century Paris. Delabrierre studied art under the painter Delestre but found his true calling was with the rendering of three-dimensional sculpture.  He was greatly influenced by the combat works of the great master Antoine Louis Barye and many of Delabrierre's combat models show this violence of nature, which was very popular at that time. Many of the sculptures he executed often incorporated figures as well as animals.

Delabrierre first exhibited at the Salon of 1848 with a wax model titled Terrier holding a Hare and continued submitting works regularly until 1882.  His popular, realistic, subjects are very well detailed and finished placing him in the top of the Animalier school.  The facade of the Louvre incorporated one of his largest groups, L'Equitation, in 1857. It is an interesting note that in the last two years of his exhibiting career Delabrierre experimented with cast iron as a worthy sculpture material for the Salon.  A complete list of the 70 works that Delabrierre submitted to the annual Salons can be found in the Dictionnaire de Sculpteurs de l'ecole Francaise by Stanaslas Lami.

The life of Paul Edouard Delabrierre is documented in the following books:

Les Animaliers by Jane Horswell (1971)
The Animaliers by James Mackay (1973)
Animals in Bronze by Christopher Payne (1986)
Bronzes of the 19th Century by Pierre Kjellberg (1994)
A Concise History of Bronzes by George Savage (1968)
Dictionnaire des Peintres et Sculpteurs by E. Benezit (1966)
Dictionnaire de Sculpteurs de l'ecole Francaise by Stanaslas  Lami (1914)

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