Now for the academic bit - some biographical details
Édouard-Pierre Blin (1877-1946) was a French artist sculptor specialising in medals and bas-reliefs in bronze, born in Chartres in 1877. He studied under Jules-Clement Chaplain (1839-1909), Louis Alexandre Bottee (1852-1941) and Hector Lemarie. See below for examples by these two artist - some styling clues perhaps.
Medals by his tutors - Chaplain (left) and Bottee (right)
Edouard was a success, both commercially, evidenced by the number of surviving medal designs and critically. His work was exhibited at the Salon de la Societe des Artistes Francais where he won several awards. Initially; an Honourable Mention in 1908 followed by a Bronze Medal in 1911, Silver in 1921 and finally a Gold Medal in 1933. The society made him a Chevalier D'Legion D'Honneur in 1934 followed by what must have been his greatest award, a Gold Medal at the Exposition Universelle in 1937.
Charles Lindburgh and The Spirit of St Louis.
Art Deco design award medals.
Perhaps his most recognisable medal is the "Nike of Samothrace" engraved just after the end of World War 1 as an awarded to those injured during the war, a French "Purple Heart".
To return to the "20thC Medal Artists" index - CLICK HERE
This blog is "free to all" with no joining fees - financed by the few clicks on sponsored adverts.