Théodore Rivière

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Théodore Louis Auguste Rivière (French, 1857~1912) Théodore was a French sculptor born in Toulouse. He received traditional training at the School of Fine Arts in Toulouse and at the National School of Fine Arts of Paris. He began his career under the influence of Falguière and Mercié. He worked in bronze and bronze & ivory in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco style.

For a time Rivière lived in Carthage, where he completed his two Orientalist groups based on Flaubert’s story of Salammbô, exhibiting them at the 1894 and 1895 salons with great success. He was best known for small scale works and Orientalist subjects, but also produced monumental works such as his marble group Les Deux Douleurs’ exhibited at the Salon in 1903.