Bronze Sculptor 1851 - 1924
Prosper Lecourtier was born in Meuse, France, on July 12th 1851. Very little is known about the personal life of this exceptional sculptor but we do know that he studied under the famous bronze sculptor, Emmanuel Fremiet.
One of the only ways we are able to know anything about his life is the record in Lami's Dictionnaire des Sculpteurs de Le Ecole Francais, detailing his many exhibits at the Paris Salon. He first exhibited in 1875 and continued to do so until his death in 1924. During his life, he received many awards, including a Second Class medal at the 1879 Salon for this sculpture entitled Cheval Arabe, a Third Class medal in 1880 and a First Class medal in 1902. He was also awarded a bronze medal at the Paris Exposition Universelle in 1900.
Lecourtier is best known for his sculpture of dogs, but his work encompasses all forms of animals, as well as equestrian groups. In fact, the Museum Provins displays a model of a Great Dane with pups and the Museum Tourcoing has a braying donkey, entitled 'The Forgotten One'.
Sadly, Lecourtier passed away in 1924 at the age of 73. The Paris Salon of 1925 lists a posthumous entry of all of his works to ensure that his work lives on.