Alberic Collin1886 - 1962
Belgian sculptor Alberic Collin devoted his artistic career to sculpting animals in the Antwerp Zoological Gardens. A native of Antwerp, Belgium, Collin studied art at the Antwerp Academy. At the age of 21, he met Italian sculptor Rembrandt Bugatti, who was already established as an important animalier. The two men routinely worked together at the Antwerp Zoo, and Bugatti taught Collin the importance of working from close observation of live animal models. Like his mentor, Collin chose to depict animals alone or in small groups, focusing on their day-to-day activities. His work also concentrates on the overall form and movement of the animal, rather than attempting to recreate a detailed anatomical model.