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(b Banyuls-sur-Mer, 8 Dec. 1861; d Banyuls-sur-Mer, 24 Sept. 1944). French sculptor, painter, illustrator, and tapestry designer. His early career was spent mainly as a tapestry designer, but he also painted, exhibiting with the Nabis. Although he first made sculpture in 1895, it was only in 1900 that he decided to devote himself to it after serious eyestrain made him give up tapestry. In 1902 he had his first one-man exhibition, which drew praise from Rodin; in 1905 came his first conspicuous public success at the Salon d'Automne; and after about 1910 he was internationally famous and received a constant flow of commissions. With only a few exceptions, he restricted himself to the female nude, expressing his whole philosophy of form through this medium.

Text source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)

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