Henri Emmanuel Peinte was a French sculptor, born on 25 July 1845 in Cambrai and died on 27 December 1912 in Paris. Son of the architect François Emmanuel Joseph Peinte.
Henri Peinte received an artistic education: he studied at the drawing school in Cambrai, then, after receiving a scholarship from the chair, entered the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris, where his teachers were Francis Duré, Eugène Guillaume and Jules Cavelier.
He first exhibited at the Salon in 1877 and received a third degree medal for his most famous work, a statue of Sarpedon.
At the Exposition Universelle of 1889 in Paris, he received a prize for two sculptures: Sarpedon and Orpheus and Cerberus. He was no longer exhibited at the Salon.
Sarpedon, edited in bronze by the Siot-Decoville foundry, was in the floral garden of Cambrai. Installed in 1878, the statue was destroyed during the First World War and replaced in 1933. In September 2012, it was thrown to the ground in an act of vandalism and required restoration. This sculpture is also in the collections of several museums and in the art market. The copy which adorns the Jardin des Plantes in Rouen was sent to be melted down under the Vichy regime in 1941.
Henri Pent was named a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1894.