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Louis Vidal

Bronze Sculptor 1831 - 1892

Louis Vidal was born in Nimes, France in 1831 and from young ages suffered from an eye disease which resulted in him becoming completely blind. He studied other sculptors work through retouching any pieces of work before they were cast. With the aid of Alfred Barye, he was able to learn the necessary skills to work with bronze, marble and plaster. He signed many of his works Vidal Aveugle which meant ‘Vidal the Blind’.

His first exhibition for his work was at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1855 which progressed to him having further expeditions at the Paris Salon from 1859 until 1882. Preceding these expeditions, he went on to wining a third class medal in 1861. Despite the fact he was completely blind, he created remarkable sculptures and the few bronze casted sculptures are highly prized by collectors. In March 1970, a bronze sculpture of a Lion was sold at Sotheby’s.

Throughout his lifetime he exhibited Hind lying down (1859), Lioness (which can now be seen in the Nantes Museum), American Stag (1859), Hind giving suck to her Fawn, Bull (1861), bronze of a Bull (now in the museum of Nimes), Dying Stag (1863), Cow giving suck to her Calf (1864), Wild Horse (1865), Roe-deer, Bull (1866), Royal Tiger (1867), Lion (1868), Greyhound (1872), Female African Gazelle (1880) and many others.

There were many people who saw Lois Vidal as a remarkable sculptor and proceeded to patronize him for his work. These were people like Princess Mathilde and the Rothschild’s and many other patrons of the arts. Furthering his sculpturing career, Louis Vidal became the professor of modelling at the Ecole Braille in Paris.

Louis Vidal sadly passed away in 1892, but you can find examples of this famous sculptors work, along with many others, in our catalogue.