Léon-Ernest Drivier

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Léon-Ernest Drivier (born in Grenoble on 22 October 1878 and died in Paris in 1951), was a French illustrator and sculptor.

He entered the School of Fine Arts, then worked from 1907 in the studio of Auguste Rodin. He was the friend of the sculptors Auguste de Niederhausern, Gaston Schnegg, Jane Poupelet, Antoine Bourdelle, among others.[1] In 1918, he made a bust of France official winner. His first time was akin to neo-Romanticism, and then came close to neo-classicism of Charles Despiau. He was elected member of the Academy of Fine Arts in 1943.

Main works[edit]

  • La France apportant la paix et la prospérité aux colonies : a ten-meter gilden bronze statue, representing the warrior Athena with a spear, overlooking a pond at several levels, Porte Dorée in Paris. This statue was placed there for its proximity to the Museum of Colonial opened in 1931 for the International Colonial Exhibition.
  • Les Muses and La Joie de vivre, made to the Jardins du Trocadéro for the 1937 Exposition Universelle.
  • The Monument aux morts de Strasbourg, opened in 1936 by Albert Lebrun. This is one of the few monuments dedicated to the French dead pacifists.


  1. ^ "Gaston Schnegg et le monument de Quinsac en Gironde", 19 November 2007 Moulindelangladure.typepad.fr Retrieved June 4, 2009
This article incorporates information from the revision as of 2009-06-04 of the equivalent article on the French Wikipedia.