Gaston D' Illiers (1876 - 1952) was born in Boulogne-sur-Seine, France on June 26th 1876. He was almost exclusively a sculptor of horses and at that he excelled, reaching the quality and ability of Pierre Jules Mene.  His horse sculptures encompass all breeds and are engaged in all types of work from racing to hunting and even pack horses.  D'Illers was a student of the Count of Ruille and submitted his first exhibit to the Salon in 1899.  He continued to exhibit at the Salon until 1911. His works were cast in very small editions and the bronzes of this sculptor are highly sought after by museums and collectors today.

The life of Gaston D' Illiers 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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