French sculptor of portrait busts and full-length nude figures, standing or seated; also draughtsman. Born at Mont-de-Marsan (Landes), son of a master-plasterer. Moved to Paris when seventeen and studied sculpture at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs 1891-3 under Lemaire, a pupil of Carpeaux, and at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts 1893-6 under Barrias. First exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français in 1898. In poverty for many years and was even obliged to colour picture postcards for a living. Worked as assistant to Rodin 1907-14, but turned to a more static and generalised style. Made several monuments, including a war memorial at Mont-de-Marsan 1920-2, and a few low-reliefs, but most of his works are portrait busts of female sitters in a quietly contemplative mood. Taught from 1923 at the Grande Chaumière. First one-man exhibition at the Brummer Gallery, New York, 1927. Bought a country house at Hossegor (Landes) in 1932. Died in Paris.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.169