Born in East Prussia (now Lithuania), Arthur Waagen pursued his career as a sculptor in Paris where he set up his studio at 40, Cours-de-Vincennes.  He was renowned for his fine and realistic modelling, and produced a series of groups with a North African flavour, exhibiting at the Salon from 1869 to 1887. 

The present group of a Berber tribesman, also known as Chasseur arabe or Cavalier aux chiens, was conceived circa 1870.  A fine example of the Orientalist genre, it is the artist's most prominent and successful model.  Another cast is in the Dahesh Museum, New York.

Works by Arthur Waagen