He entered l’Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris in 1869, and studied under the artists Paul Dubois, Antoine Dumont and Marius Ramus. He achieved great success when he exhibited his work at the Exposition Universelle, and was awarded the Grand Prix in 1881 and 1900.
Boucher was particularly intrigued by the effect of representing soft skin against rough rock and repeatedly explored variations on this theme, carving his models in three-quarter relief. Most well-known are versions of his models Volubilis and La Philosophie de l’histoire. The present relief, which is much more rare and is a variation on a bronze figure on the monument of Auguste Burdeau at the Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris, is based on a plaster cast which was first executed just before 1902.
P. Kjellberg, Bronzes of the 19th Century: Dictionary of Sculptors, London, 1994, pp. 118-120; J. Piette, Alfred Boucher, 1850-1934, L'oeuvre sculpté Catalogue Raisonné, Paris, 2014, no. A59A-C
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