Alexandre Falguière (French, 1831 ~ 1900) was born in Toulouse. A pupil of the École des Beaux-Arts, he won the Prix de Rome in 1859; he was awarded the medal of honor at the Paris Salon in 1868 and was appointed Officer of the Legion of Honor in 1878. Falguière was a painter as well as a sculptor. Falguière also taught; among his students were Francis Edwin Elwell, Ernest Henri Dubois, Julien Caussé, Laurent Marqueste, Henri Crenier and Théophile Barrau. Falguière became a member of the Institut de France (Académie des Beaux-Arts) in 1882. The Falguière Metro station in Paris is named after him.
Falguière died in Paris in 1900 and was interred there in the Père Lachaise Cemetery, where his monument is by his pupil Marqueste.