Albert Bartholomé, born in 1848, was a student of Barthélémy Menn, with whom he began his career as a painter in Geneva before moving to Paris. There, he worked under the direction of Gérôme, and become a close friend of Edgar Degas. After his wife's death in 1886, he worked exclusively on sculpture, expressing his lyricism by using pure and classical forms in works full of melancoly. He won the Grand Prix de la sculpture at the Exposition Universelle in 1900.
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