Lambeaux, Joseph-Marie-Thomas (French, 1852-1908)

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Joseph-Marie-Thomas Lambeaux (1852-1908) was one of the leading 19th Century Belgian sculptors of the Realist school.

Born in Antwerp, Lambeaux at the Antwerp Academy of Fine Arts where he was a pupil of the renowned sculptor Jean Geefs (1808-1885). From 1871, Lambeaux began to exhibit regularly at international exhibitions, winning a gold medal for his debut at the Brussels World Exhibition in 1881. Lambeaux was part of a group of young artists led by Jan van Beers – the "Van Beers clique" – who prided themselves on creating novel and engaging works of sculpture, which aimed to capture the joys and sorrows of the human condition.