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E. Bussière

Ars-sur-Moselle 1863 - Nancy 1913
Sculptor, ceramist, and decorator

La Bluette, 1890. Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy Chestnut Tree vase, 1903, Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy Receptacle vase, 1903, Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy

After studying at the Nancy Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Ernest Bussière entered the Paris Ecole de Beaux-Arts in 1882. In 1889, he returned to Nancy and started a double career. As a sculptor he produced numerous monuments dedicated to famous men from Nancy (Grandville, 1893; Gridel, 1893; Gringoire, 1894; Bleicher, 1903; Loritz, 1904; Bichat, 1909). He also created several funerary monuments for the Préville Cemetery. As a decorator, he was one of the main Nancy associates of Keller & Guerin (Lunéville) faience work, for whom he supplied numerous plant inspired ceramic models. Bussière was also a portraitist and produced several medallions and busts of local figures.

In addition to his career as a sculptor, Bussière taught sculpture and modelling at the Nancy Ecole des Beaux-Arts.

Some of Bussière’s work can still be seen around Nancy, including the Post Office pediment and the monuments to Bichat and Grandville (only the central figures since the medallions and sculptures were smelted down during the Second World War). In the Préville Cemetery, his monuments to Virginie Mauvais (1893), Blosse (1899), Friot (1905) and others are still present.

He was a member of the Ecole de Nancy Board of Management since 1901. 

References :
François Parmantier, Valérie Thomas. Céramiques végétales : Ernest Bussière et l'Art nouveau. Nancy : Musée de l'Ecole de Nancy, SNVB, 2000