Sunday, 23 December 2012

Albert Herbemont - Medals

This posting continues my series about the artists who specialised in creating the designs for medals. Today, I will try and trace the life and works of the artist Albert Herbemont, who created this medal;

A charming study on the front, almost a classical composition, but with simpler and cleaner lines. Now doubt influenced by the art deco movement tht was prevelent during the 1920's and 1930's. The design on the reserve side has "great strength" some think slightly germanic !! Signed Albert Herbemont, not a name that I was familiar with -- so who he ??

Auguste Albert Herbemont (1874-1953) was a French artist living in Paris who specialised in small works in bronze, especially medailles and awards. He is recorded as being a pupil of François-Joseph-Hubert Ponscarmé (1827-1903) probably at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, where Ponscarmé was a tutor.

He exhibited at the Salon des Artiste Francais, winning a gold medal in 1923 and The Albert Maignan Prize in 1927. In addition he was a founding member of the Societe des Amis de la Medaille.

As with so many sculptors, the post 1918 period provided many opportunities to create larger scale works with commissions for Memorial Monuments. Herbemont was responsible for at least one ! which can be found on the Ile Aux Moines. He was initially commissioned in 1922 with an unveiling in 1923.

In 1949 he was employed to design the additions to the monument relating to the fallen from WW11. This addition is dated 1951, which would make it one of his last creations before his death in 1953. 
The design influences for roundel decorative insert, are similar to the reverse side of my first medal.

His medals are usually signed either "Albert Herbemont" or "A Herbemont" .

His works can be found on collections and museums around the world, including; The Spencer Museum of Art (University of Kansas), private collections and dealers stock - keep looking.

More medal by Albert;

For other medals, try; - several images of other medals.
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