(b. 1848, Thiverval-Grignon, d. 1928, Paris)


French sculptor and painter. He studied law and fought in the Franco-Prussian war before attending the École des Beaus-Arts in Geneva. He was originally a painter, working alone in a naturalistic manner heavily influenced by Jules Bastien-Lepage, with his insistence on working in the open air rather than in the studio. He turned to sculpture after the death of his wife, realizing his tomb. He is best known for the Monument aux morts in the cemetery of Père-Lachaise in Paris.

He exhibited for eight years at the Salon des Artistes Français before becoming vice-president and then president of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts.