Unique French Cire Perdu Bronze of Greyhounds by Irénée Rochard
A beautiful and striking bronze of 2 Greyhounds one standing and the other reclining. Sculpted in a manner that gives the dogs a real sense of personality.
This bronze was cast at Bisceglia Cire Perdu Foundry, Paris and dates from circa 1930. It is mounted on a wooden base. Here is his biography taken from the website:
Irénée Rochard was born in Villefranche sur Saône in 1906, In a family of artists: his mother was a painter and his brother became The actor-singer Armand Mestral.
When he chose the course of an artist’s life too, he soon turned to animal sculpting in order to, as he used to say: Pay tribute to animal.
In 22 years, on leaving the Beaux-Arts School, he was the first prize-winner for A lifesize panther. Many other distinctions followed, all along his career.
Between the two world wars, he frequently met with the circles of animal sculpture artists, mainly with François Pompom and Marcel Edouard Sandoz.
He expressed his talents through bronze, a few ceramics and carvings straight from wood, granite or marbre.
He constantly used to give a manner of intelligence to his animals,to bring out Their personality, their gentleness or their fierceness.
Tirelessly, he created hundreds of animals in their daily attitudes with such a delicacy that we are brought to think they stood still only for an instant, Just to be admired.
Such was the case with his creation of horses, monkeys, gazelles, panthers dear-cubs, ducks, bisons, pelicans, dromedaries, dogs, ect…
His modern workmanship gives them the typical suppleness and gracefulness of their shapes.
Well-served by outstanding gifts of observation and composition, Rochard Always kept developing his talent, ever looking out for creation and Pleased to realize it inventive for days on, he died in Paris in 1984.
Historical background by his son, Gérard Rochard Quotations from Dr. Hachet’s: Animal Bronzes from Antiquity to these days.
Born on January 16th 1906 in Villefranche-sur-Saône (Rhône).
Died on March 29th 1984 in Paris.
A student in the Beaux-Arts and Arts-Deco Schools from 1924-1928.
A member of the French Artists Society from 1938 onwards.
He won numerous Prizes and Distinctions,among which:
A Gold Medal at the Colonial Exhibition in 1931.
A Bronze Medal from the French Artists Society in 1941.
A Silver Medal from the French Artists Society in1948.
A Gold Medal from the French Artists Society in1952.
From 1965,he was among the panel of judges of the French Artists Society.
And the Prize-winner of the Institut de France.
Medal of Honour from the French Artists Society in 1980.
Edouard Marcel SANDOZ Animal Sculpture Prize-winner in 1981.
And diverse other Prizes as well.
Taylor Prize in 1960.
Beaux Arts Academy Prize in 1961.
Arthur Leduc Prize in 1964.
Creation of the last Paris War Memorial in 1964.
Institut de France Prize in 1970.
Beaux-Arts Institute Prize in 1973.
Thérèse Rivière Prize in 1976.
Paris City Council bought several of his works in 1937, 1950, 1954
1965, 1968, etc…and so did New-York City Council in 1938.
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