Henri Weigele (1858-1927)
A Female Nude Kneeling on a Rock
Height 28¾ inches – 73 cms
Private Collection, UK
Henri Weigele was born in the town of Schlierbach in the Haut Rhin region near the Swiss border on 20th September 1858. He studied in Paris under Jules Franchesi and developed a considerable reputation working in bronze and marble, producing figurative works of allegorical and classical subjects. Weigele exhibited at the Paris Salon, receiving an honourable mention in 1893, in 1902 he became a member of the Salon des Artistes Francais and in 1907 was awarded a third class medal, in 1909 he received a second class medal. It is his classical subjects that were highly sought after, marble groups of classical figures, or his “Athenian Woman” now in the collection of the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. However, he was also a renowned sculptor in bronze, the Musée d’Orsay having his Alfred Chauchard executed in 1910.
Weigele lived and worked in Paris, he died in Neuilly sur Seine in 1927.
His works can be found in museums in: Paris and Liverpool.