Perhaps Brasseur’s best known work is the war memorial at Tourcoing, which took nine years to produce. Five sculptors submitted works to the committee established to supervise the erection of a monument aux morts and it was the work “La victoire qui mène les soldats à la gloire et à l'immortalité “ by Lucien Brasseur which was chosen. The monument was finally inaugurated in 1931. 2,531 soldiers' deaths are recorded, as well as those of 177 civilians. A plaster model of the monument can be seen in the Musée des Beaux – Arts in Valenciennes. The monument has a pyramid like form and at its summit Brasseur has placed an "Angel of Victoire" riding a horse. Below her and on each side are columns of soldiers who climb up towards her, all carrying unfurled flags and pennants. At the base two soldiers appear to have collapsed with exhaustion or perhaps they are dead or wounded.
The monument aux morts at Havrincourt
For the monument aux morts here, Brasseur has created an extremely defiant looking soldier, who stands with hands on hips. It is said that the face of the soldier was a self-portrait. The Havrincourt monument was inaugurated on the 17th May 1931 and a plaster model can be seen in the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Valenciennes in Valenciennes.
The monument aux morts at Oisy-le-Verger
Here Brasseur depicts two children standing beneath a soldier's helmet and bayonette hanging on a tree. The monument dates from 1923. There is also a plaque at the base of the monument which reads
"In memoriam a la gloire des résistants OCM de la France combattante SERRURE André décapité à Munich par les nazis le 28 novembre 1944".
In reading of this resistance fighter's beheading by the Nazis in Munich, we are reminded that the sufferings and losses of the people of Oisy-le-Verger were to be repeated in the Second World War.
The monument aux morts at Saint-Omer
The Saint Omer monument aux morts was inaugurated on the 21st October 1923. It is recorded that some 300 choristers and musicians performed at the inauguration ceremony. It had been hoped that Maréchal Pétain would be present at the ceremony but he was unable to attend and his place was taken by Général Lacapelle. In Brasseur's composition the centre piece is an allegorical depiction of a "Victorious France". She holds up a dove to the sky and her right foot rests on an unpleasant looking lizard like creature, described as " le monstre des carnages humains" (The German invaders?). A total of 583 names are listed of those who perished in the Great War and further plaques record those lost fighting in the Second World War, Indochina and North Africa. There were three architects involved in designing the monument; Emile-Joseph Molinié, Charles-Henri Nicod and Albert Pouthier.
Brasseur executed two gilded bronzes which are located on the façade of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Valenciennes. Photograph of these two works are shown in the gallery below, shown courtesy of Sébastien Dusart.
It was in 1936 that the architect Urbain Cassan was commissioned to design the Brest railway station and his design included a bas-relief by Brasseur in red granite on a bell-tower. Only the lower part of this tower still exists including Brasseur's work.
"Cérès enseigne l'agriculture à Triptolème, fils de Pelée, roi d'Eleusis"