Mene Pierre-Jules (1810 – 1879)
The famous French sculptor, animal painter. Born in Paris. His teacher was sculptor R. Campaire. He was a member of a group of artists Animaliers, headed by A.-L. Barye. At the beginning of career he created patterns from porcelain, in 1837 started his own foundry. Since 1838 permanent participant of Parisian salons, winner of numerous awards. In 1855 received a medal of the 3rd Grade, in 1878 – of the 2nd Grade, in 1852 and in 1861 – of the 1st Grade. In 1855 and 1861 was awarded with medals of the 1st Grade at exhibitions in London. In 1861 became a knight of the Legion of Honor. Lived and worked in Paris. He received a wide popularity in France and the UK. The works are kept in the museums of La Rochelle, Rouen and other cities of France.