André-Joseph Allar

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André-Joseph Allar
Born22 August 1845
Died11 April 1926 (1926-04-12) (aged 80)
Toulon, Var, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Relatives Gaudensi Allar (brother)

André-Joseph Allar (22 August 1845 – 11 April 1926) [1] was a French sculptor.



André-Joseph Allar was born in Toulon on 22 August 1845.

Toulon Prefecture and commune in Provence-Alpes-Côte dAzur, France

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He became a successful sculptor after training under Antoine Laurent Dantan and Pierre-Jules Cavelier. Allar is best known for his small-scale work and architectural designs with majority of his work situated at the local museum in Toulon, including 'Hercules finding his dead son'. [2] His artworks on Hercules is evidently inspired by the Greek hero, but in particular, the stories that depict the character as a saviour. [3] His architectural features include his works in the Palacio Legislativo Federal with Laurent Marqueste [4] and in the Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. [5] Another one of his famous works is the statue of law displayed on the façade Palace of Justice, Rome. [6]

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In addition to his career as an artist, Allar joined the Legion of Honour as an officer in 1896 and the French Institute in 1905. [2] He won various prizes but most notably the Prix de Rome in 1869 for his sculpture, and later became a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts on 20 May 1905.

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He died in Toulon on 11 April 1926. A street in Marseille has been named in his honor.

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