Pierre Antoine Aubert was a 19th Century French sculptor.
Specializing in bust portraiture, he trained at the Beaux-Arts in Lyon and then at the Beaux-Arts in Paris. He took part in numerous competitions for monuments in Lyon. He is known for having produced the Monument to Claude Bernard erected in front of the Lumière-Lyon-II University, as well as medallions of the archbishops of Lyon kept at the Saint-Jean cathedral in Lyon.
Born in Lyon, he was the son of Clémence Berthet and of the wood sculptor Jean Antoine Aubert to whom sculpted most of the wood-carved ornamentation of the Palais du Commerce in Lyon.
Pierre Aubert is the last of the three Aubert children and is said to have received training as a technical sculptor at La Martinière. In 1867, he entered the École des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, which he left in 1869. The following year of his admission to the Beaux-Arts, he was a student in the studio of Joseph-Hugues Fabisch. In 1876, he exhibited for the first time at the Salon de Lyon.
In 1877, he obtained a reward at the Beaux-arts in Paris in 1877 where he competed unsuccessfully for the Prix de Rome from 1879 to 1880. He remained approximately three years in Paris where he was the appreciated pupil of Auguste Dumont, Jean -Marie Bonnassieux and Paul Dubois . It was in Paris that he was noticed, in particular by the deputy Chavanne, and exhibited at the Paris Salon from 1879. He exhibited there regularly until 1912.
Although living in Paris, he did not turn away from his hometown, where he wanted to settle permanently after his studies, by taking part in the Jacobins fountain competition in 1876.
The death of his father, in December 1883, marks the definitive return of Pierre Aubert to Lyon where he moved to 58, rue de la Charité, head office of his father's company.
In 1900, Pierre Aubert took over from Dufraine as professor of sculpture at the École des beaux-arts de Lyon, where he was remembered as a “meticulous pontif” according to Marcel Renard. In the last years of his life, he taught portraiture to the sculptor Germaine de Roton.
Pierre Aubert died in Lyon at 58, rue de la Charité on October 13, 1912 and is buried in the cemetery of Tassin-la-Demi-Lune.