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Paul Edouard Delabrierre, Paris born, was a member of the school of
Animalier painters, active in the late 19th Century. He studied
with was born in Paris, France on March 29th 1829. He was an
important member of the Animalier school in late 19th century Paris,
and the last two years of his career, introduced cast iron as a
legitimate material for sculpture.
Delabrierre studied art under the painter Eugene Delestre but found his
interest and skills were with making three-dimensional sculpture.
He was greatly influenced by 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 Paris Salon of 1848 and continued until 1882. His first entry was Terrier, a wax model holding a Hare. The facade of the Louvre has one of his largest groups, L'Equitation, made in 1857.
"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."
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