Friday, 10 May 2013

Raymond Delamarre (1890-1986) - Medals

Raymond Delamarre (1890–1986) another talented French artist, sculptor, medallist specialising in the "Art Deco" although he was clearly influence by the ancient world. Some designs are modern interpretations of classical Greek or Egyptian motifs, lots of maidens in flowing robes.

Delamarre studied at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris under the talented sculptor and tutor, Jules-Felix Coutan (1848-1939) before completing his study at the Villa Medici after WW1.

His early career was interrupted by service in WW1, during which he was awarded the Croix de Guerre, an award to those soldiers who distinguish themselves by acts of heroism involving combat with the enemy.

I always wonder how the experience of war effects artists work, sometimes their creations seem to be more "brutal" all force and power. Perhaps not with Delamarre, his design have softer interpretation of art deco - the figures have more benign expression on the faces with a more flowing sinuous look to the stylisation. Especially evident in his bronze "Perseus and Andromeda" from 1928, shown below.

Raymond seems to have had success from an early age winning the Prix de Rome in 1919 before going to to collaborate with leading designers and architect designing and creating monumental works for such projects as the memorial to the "Defenders of the Suez Canal", with architect Michel Roux-Spitz, the decorative relief in the 1st class dining room on the luxury liner the SS Normandie and the The Trocadéro on the site of the Palais de Chaillot for the 1937 World Fair.

Many small works, in the form commemorative and award medals, are out there waiting to be found. Most have figural elements, all tend to the art deco and a few are fine portraits of prominent people. So get searching and fine more .....

Mowgli - from "The Jungle Book"

As a general observation - his medals are signed in full "Raymond Delamarre" with fewer simple signed "R Delamarre" often but not always with a date.
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