Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Pierre Charles Lenoir - Medals

Pierre Charles Lenoir (1879-1953)

"La Fumeuse",
A bronze Plaquette created c1931
 An evocative depiction of the decadence of the age - pure glamour

 Another art deco master - perhaps not in the class of Pierre Turin - but better than most medallists.

He studied with his father Charles Lenoir, he later studied under the masters Jules-Clément Chaplain (1839 – 1909) and Marius-Jean-Antonin Mercié (1845 – 1916). He was a regular exhibitor at the Salon des Artistes Français from 1899, winning second-class medals in 1905 and 1907 and being awarded a prestigous travel grant in 1911.

During his travels he spent time in Algeria from c1911 where he studied the native peoples and tribial dress. He created several medals based on these studies, which are now consider his "tour de force" and are extremely valuable.

Pierre Lenoir executed numerous war memorials and statues, as well as many medals of the type shown on this blog. Click here to view an example of his monumental sculpture.

Later in his life he was appointed Chevalier of the Legion of Honor and was awarded the Croix de Guerre.

Although not all his creations were "art deco" many commission were simply realist, sharp cleanly engraved real people, animals and views. Perhaps these design were earlier, before coming under the influence of the commercial powers of art deco.


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