Bronze Code: 667
Height: 7.5 In
Width: 9.1 In
Weight: 12.1 LBs


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Pierre-Jules Mene, commonly known as P.J. Mene, was a renowned French sculptor, born in 1810 and lived until 1879, specializing in the creation of extraordinary and meticulously composed depictions of animals, thus gaining him worldwide fame in the realm of animal sculpture. Practicing his art predominantly in his native land, Mene drew heavily from his rural upbringing and admiration of French nature and countryside, creating pieces that are as visually impressive as they are filled with subtle, yet potent, emotional undertones.

Mene began his illustrious career with miniature sculptures, focusing on capturing the realistic artistry infused in various animals. His early works were the precursor to what would ultimately become his signature style, cementing his status as one of the most notable animal sculptors of the era. Over time, he evolved to creating ornately detailed and layered compositions that centered around the theme of hunting, evident in his more mature works. These pieces not only demonstrated his evolving craftsmanship and skill, but also his haunting ability to evoke a sense of rustic simplicity and authenticity in his art.

In line with Mene's belief in the aesthetic value of simple peasant life and untamed rural nature, his sculptural masterpieces realistically illustrate the beauty of the natural world and the animals that inhabit it. He expertly imparts life and personality into his subjects, encouraging viewers to appreciate each life form for its unique characteristics.

Mene's undeniable talent and skill did not go unnoticed. He gained popularity in both France and England, winning him multiple medals at the prestigious events such as the London Salons and Paris Salons from 1838 to 1861. Such was his influence and esteem that his original pieces spawned numerous reproductions throughout France and Germany, thereby making Mene's work a mainstay in many workshops across Europe.

Today, Mene's legacy continues to thrive as his works are showcased at prestigious institutions around the globe, including the Ashmolean Museum, the Louvre, the Metropolitan, and the R.W. Norton Art Gallery, attesting to the lasting impact and relevance of his artistic contributions.