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Jean Antoine Injalbert
Jean-Antoine Injalbert (1845-1933) was a much-decorated French sculptor, born in Béziers.
The son of a stonemason, Injalbert was a pupil of Augustin-Alexandre Dumont and won the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1874. At the Exposition Universelle of 1889 he won the Grand Prix, and in 1900 was a member of the jury. On the day of the inauguration of the Pont Mirabeau in Paris, Injalbert was made an officer of the Légion d'honneur. In 1905 he was made a member of the Institut de France, and in 1910 promoted to Commander of the Légion d'honneur.
His work shows powerful imagination and strong personality, as well as great knowledge. From about 1915 onwards he became influential as a teacher, at the Académie Colarossi and as chief instructor at the École des Beaux Arts. Among his many students were Prague sculptor Franti?ek Bílek, Alfred Janniot, Fernand Guignier, Gleb W. Derujinsky and the American sculptor Edward McCartan.
Many of his works are in the "Hôtel Fayet" one of the three "Musée Des Beaux-Arts" in Béziers, and the "Villa Antonine", where he had his summer studio. His old family home.
- four allegorical figures of The City of Paris, Navigation, Commerce and Abundance on the Pont Mirabeau, Paris, 1896
- monument to Molière in Pézenas, 1897
- Crucifixion, at the Cathedral of Rheims, 1898
- Bordeaux and Toulouse, allegorical statues for the Gare de Tours, 1898, for architect Victor Laloux
- tympanum depicting the city of Paris surrounded by muses, Petit Palais Paris, circa 1900
- allegorical figures of the Loire and the Cher, for the Hôtel de ville in Tours, circa 1900, for architect Victor Laloux
- figures of Electricity and Commerce on the Pont de Bir-Hakeim, Paris, 1905
- Monument to the Dead, Béziers, 1925
- Hippomenes at the Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris
- Eve After the Fall, in Montpellier
- Sadi-Carnot in Sète
- Love Conquering the Lion, Fame, The Laughing Child and several others, in Béziers
- figure of Honoré Mirabeau at the Panthéon (Paris)
- bust of Louis Gallet, in Valence, Drôme