Graillon, Pierre Adrien(French, 1807-1872)
A largely self taught artist, Graillon was a sculptor, painter, designer and writer. Born in Dieppe in 1807, Graillon was initially employed as a cobbler in Rouen and Paris, returning to his hometown in order to work in local ivory and alabaster workshops. Traveling to Paris to work in the studio of Pierre-Jean David d’Angers, Graillon worked extensively in ivory, unbaked clay, terracotta, wood and alabaster. The subject of his sculptures were frequently sailors and vagrants and his pieces kept with this theme by remaining rough and unpolished. Noted by Philip Ward-Jackson as an artist anticipating the Realist movement, his work is set apart by both its quality and its local, everyday man theme.
Works Cited:
Ward-Jackson, Philip. “Graillon, Pierre-Adrien,” on Oxford Art Online.

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