Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Pierre Turin - Art Deco Master

Pierre Turin (1891-1968) - Art Deco Master ??

Yes, just look at the medals. They just ooze Art Deco - if the they were a stick of rock, they would have art deco written all the way through...... and to prove his pedigree, just look at the medal above, which he designed for the 1925 Exposition International des Arts Decoratifs et Industrial Moderne. The very exhibition that gave the style it's name -- the Europeans have the "Moderne" and us Anglos have ARTs DECOratifs.... and our man here created the the medal !!

.... a feat he repeated in 1937, creating the commemorative medaille for the Paris, Exposition Internationale des Art et Techniques.

Understandably, Pierre Turin is widely accepted as the most accomplished medallist working in the Art Deco style. He was born in Sucy-en-Brie, France, in 1891 and died in 1968. His art education included a period of study in Paris at the École des Beaux-Arts, where he studied under, Henri Auguste Jules Patey (1855 – 1930).

He must have been successful student as his work was accepted for exhibition at the Salon des Artistes Francais as early as 1911, when only aged 22. In 1920 (or 1919 depending source) he won the Grand Prix de Rome, winning a gold medal in 1925. He was made Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur in 1936 and wasawarded the Medal d’Honneur by the Salon des Artistes Francais. He was a member of the Académie Royale de Belgique.

He applied his talent to more than just decorative medals, he was commissioned to create coins issued in France (above) and Monaco. But his medals are the lasting legacy - beautiful and highly collectable. Some of these designs have considerable values, up to $400 for period examples in good conditions. However, many of these designs have been "re-struck", still beautiful but far more affordable.

Here are just a few of his designs to look out for ....

His medals can be found in collections around the world, including; Victoria & Albert Museum, the Luxembourg Museum in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum in New York

This medal can still be purchased NEW direct from the Monnaie D'Paris
Priced at 66euro - Click here to view

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