“Born in Montauban, Antoine Bourdelle discovered sculpture in his father's workshop, a woodcarver. At the age of fifteen, he received a scholarship for the Academy of Fine Arts in Toulouse.
In 1884, Antoine Bourdelle entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris where he studied with Alexandre Falguière (1831-1900) and was part of the “”Schnegg band””. Two years later, he left the Ecole des Beaux-Arts to be more independent and lives selling drawings.
In 1893, Antoine Bourdelle was hired as a practitioner in the studio of his friend and fervent defender Auguste Rodin, with whom he worked for fifteen years. From 1895 to 1902, he directed “”The Monument to the Fighters and Defenders of Tarn-et-Garonne from 1870-71″” which he received the order for the city of Montauban thanks to the intervention of Rodin.
Antoine Bourdelle realizes his first personal exhibition in 1905 and obtains a great success. He moves away from the style of the master to get closer to the ancient and medieval sculpture. With “”Herakles Archer””, made in 1909, he achieved a resounding success that opened the door to an international reputation.
In parallel to the creation of his works Antoine Bourdelle teaches at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière (Montparnasse) to many students like, Alberto Giacometti, Aristide Maillol, Rene Iché, Germaine Richier. In second marriage, he marries Cleopatra Sevastos, his pupil, of whom he will have a daughter, Rodia.
After the death of Rodin, he is recognized as the greatest French artist living and performing, sometimes until the exhaustion of many orders. Creator and Vice President of the Salon des Tuileries, he was appointed in 1924 Commander of the Order of the Legion of Honor. He is buried at Montparnasse Cemetery.”