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Marcel Gimond


(Tournon-sur-Rhône, 1894 - Nogent-sur-Marne, 1961)

Marcel Gimond

Coming from an Ardèche family, Marcel Gimond was born on April 27, 1894 to an ironworker father who worked successively in Aubenas, then in Lyon.

Pupil of Aristide Maillol, he also met Raoul Dufy or Auguste Renoir. He is friends with the French writer and poet José de Bérys (Joseph Bloch).
In 1936, he created several sculptures for the Trocadéro and the Palais de Chaillot with Léon-Ernest Drivier and Paul Belmondo.

From 1946 to 1960, he directed a workshop at Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris. Among his students are famous artists such as: Philolaos Tloupas, Joséphine Chevry.
Having studied the ancient as well as the sculptors of the Middle Ages, he practiced a stripped stylization of his models while retaining their individuality.

He sculpted walls and numerous busts. He has as models many political and artistic personalities. We also owe him two bas-reliefs located in the hall of the newspaper L'Humanité, in homage to Marcel Cachin and Gabriel Péri.

Winner of the Grand Prix National des Arts in 1957, he is considered one of the last great portrait painters of the 20th century.

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