James PradierJames Pradier, also known as Jean-Jacques Pradier (1790 sometimes listed as 1792 - June 4, 1852) was a Swiss sculptor best known for his work in the neoclassical style.
Pradier was born in Geneva, Switzerland. He studied under Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres in Paris. In 1827 he became a member of the Académie des beaux-arts and a professor at the Ecole des beaux-arts.
The cool neoclassical surface finish of his sculptures are charged with an eroticism that their mythological themes can barely disguise. At the Salon of 1834, Pradier's Satyr and Bacchante created a scandalous sensation when the prudish government of Louis-Philippe refused to purchase it. (It is now in the Louvre).
He is buried in the Père-Lachaise cemetery.