A majestic Art Deco bronze study of a walking panther with excellent deep green, brown and orange colour and a very fine smooth tactile surface, raised on a polished black marble rectangular base and signed I Rochard to side of bronze tail
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Width: 67 cm
Condition: Excellent Original Condition
Materials: Bronze and Marble
Book Ref Art Deco and Other Figures by Bryan Catley
Irénée René Rochard (French, 1906 ~ 1984) – born in Villefranche sur Saône in 1906, his mother was a painter and his brother was the actor-singer Armand Mestral. Rochard chose the course of an artist’s life and turned to animal sculpture in order, as he used to say “pay tribute to animals”. On leaving the École des Beaux-Arts at the age of 22, he won first prize for a life-size panther sculpture and many other prizes and awards followed throughout his career. In the 1920’s Rochard frequently met with other animal sculptors, including François Pompon and Edouard Sandoz.