Monday, 19 November 2012

Anie Mouroux (1887-1978) - First Lady Medalist

It is remarkable that of the hundreds of artist who created bronze medals - Anie Mouroux is the first female artist that I have encountered !! Why ? possibly we forget that 19th century attitudes towards the acceptance of creative women into the "establishment" of art schools like the Ecole Nationale prolonged well into the 20th century.

Fortunately, This Paris born lady was accepted and studied at the L'Ecole Nationale Superieure Des Beaux Arts in Paris and was the first woman artist to win a prize in the sculptor section at Le Concours Du Grnd Prix De Rome and that was as late as 1919 !! Onwards and upwards .... she went on to win a gold medal at the L'Ecole des Beaux Arts and a silver medal at the Salon des Artistes Français.

Paris - New York flight 1930 medal - front and back

She went on to create some stunning art deco style bronze medals including the ones shown above.

In addition to her commercial success she was appointed Professor at the L'Ecole des Beaux Arts in Casablanca and the curator of the city's Municipal Museum before being made a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur.

The majority of her work seems to be these exquisite bronze medals, which are finely engraved with the compositions being very clean, uncluttered, slightly art deco influenced designs -- my taste.

Oddly another group of designs, were a series of faïence pottery figures made by at the Henriot Quimper factory in c1950. Including; a bust of Sainte Anne and St Anne with Children. The later being exhibited at the Musée Galliera à Paris in the 1929 exhibition L'art et le Mobilier Religieux Modernes.

Some these Quimper figures are striking design and have a presence, despite the limitations of the pottery and glazes. The earthenware they used never seems to take the fine detail, lacking the details of porcelain.

Franklin D Roosevelt

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