(b Brussels, 12 Apr. 1831; d Brussels, 4 Apr. 1905).
Belgian sculptor and painter, well known for his sincere but rather heavy-handed glorification of the nobility of labour in his treatment of such subjects as miners, factory workers, and stevedores. In the early 20th century he had considerable influence on younger sculptors interested in Social Realist subjects. There is a museum of his work in Brussels and his most ambitious work, the Monument of Labour (erected after his death), is in the Place de Trooz there.