Louis Samain

Louis Samain (July 4, 1834 – October 24, 1901) was a Belgian sculptor. Samain was born in Nivelles, and studied at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts in Brussels under Louis Simonis. After winning the Belgian Prix de Rome, he lived for a time in Italy. In 1889 he was awarded a gold medal at the Paris Exposition Universelle, and in 1895 his work was shown at the Société des Artistes Français in Paris. He died in Ixelles.

Selected works

  • Architecture, on the facade of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
  • Earth and Water, at les Halles centrales (destroyed in 1956)
  • Italian Arts and Spanish Arts, in the garden of the Musée des Beaux-Arts
  • Jean van Ruysbroeck
  • Monument to Work, formerly on the old Gare de Bruxelles-Midi
  • Nègres marrons surpris par des chiens (also known as Esclave repris par les chiens)
  • Thémis, on the Palais de Justice in Dinant
  • Tinctoris in Nivelles


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