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20th Century Decorative Arts

Irenée Rochard

Irenée Felix Rochard (1906-1984) was a French sculptor, an "Animalier".

Born in Villefranche-sur-Saône as a son of artistic parents also he choosed a career as an artist. Due to numerous visits to the Jardin des Plantes and the Zoo, gradually the idea came up to reproduce this world of birds,wild animals, deer, gazelles into sculpture.
Shortly after having passed through the School Of Arts he obtained the first prize for his first opus, a large panther, followed by bronze, silver and gold medals in 1941, 1948 and 1952 at the Salon des Artistes Français.
François Pompon adviced him as following: "When we watch a bird, we do not only notice the feathers, and with a quadruped not only the skin; these are replaced by the total form." Pompon taught him particularly to simplify in order to represent the caracteristic posture.
A permanent exposition of his oeuvre is to be seen in Sant Léger en Yvelines, near Paris.

Items by Irenée Rochard

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