Artists (M) (European Collection)
Pierre-Jules Mene was born in Paris on March 25, 1810, the son of a prosperous metal-turner. His father trained him in metal-working techniques and the boy quickly put them together with his own natural talent for drawing and began creating small sculptures. The young Mene never attended any of the well-known schools and seems to have been largely self-taught as an artist, though he received some training from sculptor Rene Compaire. After his marriage at age 22, Mene, like many of the other...