Wednesday, 21 September 2011

George Crouzat (1904-1976)

This investigation stared with the purchase of this fine art deco bronze medal of a Pan like figure playing his pipe.

As you can easily see, it is signed G Crouzat ? but who was this artist and when did he work. After quite some time Googling, I have managed to piece together some details of his life and career.

He was a sculptor and medalist; born Leopold George Crouzat in 1904 in the city of Castres in the South of France. His father was a successful coachbuilder in the city. The family home was in the Boulevard Clemenceau where you can see a commemorative plaque. At the age of 19 he moved to Paris to study at the Ecole Nationale Superieure Des Beaux Arts in Paris where his tutors included Paul Landowski (1875-1961) and Dropsy (not sure which ? Jean Baptiste Emile Dropsy (1848-1923) or Henri (1885-1969)).

He was awarded an Honourable mention at the Société des Artistes Français in 1928 for a coin designed for the Paris mint and awarded a silver medal in 1938. During the course of his career it is believed that he modelled over 200 statues and 350 medals with many examples in the collection of the Musée de la Monnaie de Paris.

His catalogue raisone includes many of French coins and medals, including the 1945 Médaille d’Honneur Departementale et Communale. Also several monumental scultpures such as the 1948 replacemant figure in stone on the monument to Jacques Bujault, the French MP for Deux-Sevres, the original having been requisitioned in 1941 during WW11.

He also worked in terracotta, probably as studies or marquette for larger bronzes or sculptures.

The information here has largely been translated from the original French - please click on the links below to view the original texts.

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