Alfred Boucher

Alfred Boucher ( born September 23, 1850 in Bouy -sur- Ovin in Nogent -sur -Seine; † August 18, 1934 in Aix -les- Bains ) was a French sculptor.


He was the son of a farm laborer. As a teenager, he was presented the prestigious sculptor Paul Dubois (1829-1905) from Nogent -sur -Seine, who encouraged him in his artistic vocation.

With the financial support of its residential community Alfred Boucher was in 1869 at the École des beaux -arts in Paris to study with Dubois and Augustin Dumont ( 1801-1884 ) record. In 1874 he made ​​his debut at the Salon de Paris with the sculpture Enfant à la fontaine. After a first period of study in Italy 1877-1878, he won recognition in France. In 1881 he was awarded the Salon for his work La Piété branch, which is now exhibited in the Museum of Nogent -sur -Seine. He also served as a teacher of Camille Claudel, which he made ​​known before his second trip to Italy in 1883-1884 with Auguste Rodin. Model to its numerous, classical-style busts were writers like Maupassant, crowned heads like the Greek King George I or politicians such as French President Casimir Pierre Périer.

In 1889 he bought a house in Aix -les- Bains. In 1902 he founded the artists' colony La Ruche ( " The Beehive " ) in Montparnasse to allow young artists a living.

In 1900 he was awarded the Grand Prix de sculpture ( Grand Prize of the sculpture) of the Paris World Exhibition. He died at the age of 84 at his home in Aix -les- Bains.