Pierre Félix Masseau

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Bust of Charles Baudelaire, by Pierre Félix Masseau.

Pierre Félix Masseau (17 March 1869 – 1937), known professionally as Fix-Masseau, was a noted French sculptor and father of poster artist Pierre Fix-Masseau.

Fix-Masseau was born in Lyon, studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris, served as director of the École Nationale d'Art Décoratif in Limoges until 1935, and was made an officer of the Légion d'honneur. He formed part of the French decorative art movement, creating objects such as vases and chandeliers in the Art Nouveau style, exhibited numerous works at the Salon des Artistes Francais and the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, and was widely respected for his portrait busts.

Selected works[edit]

  • Musée d'Orsay
    • Le Secret, 1894, 76 cm, statuette of mahagony and ivory
    • Masque d' Edmond Lachenal, 1890, terra cotta
    • Réflexion, 1900, bronze mask
    • Buste de Jan Van Herwijnen, 1924, marble
    • Restoration and cast of the 36 busts of the Célébrités du Juste millieu of Honoré Daumier, 1927
    • Intérieur, oil painting, 61.5x50.5 cm
  • Elsewhere
    • Buste de Charles Baudelaire, Paris, Jardin du Luxembourg
    • Buste d' Auguste Delaherche; Beauvais, Musée départemental de l'Oise
    • Méditation - Monsieur le Penseur; Lyon, Musée des Beaux-Arts
    • Le Secret, about 1900, bronze statue, 28 cm, bronze cast by Siot-Decauville
    • Beethoven, 1902, bronze bust, since October 2001 placed coutyard of the „Im Mohren“, Bonngasse 18, Bonn
    • Renault Tank type FT17, before 1922, bronze, 20 cm,

Gallery[edit]

Jeanne Hatto sculpture Fix-Masseau
Jeanne Hatto sculpture Fix-Masseau, 1907
Apachina sculpture Fix-Masseau
Apachina sculpture Fix-Masseau, 1906
Petite fille d'Eve sculpture Fix-Masseau
Petite fille d'Eve sculpture Fix-Masseau, 1907
Femme s'essuyant sculpture Fix-Masseau
Femme s'essuyant sculpture Fix-Masseau, 1905

References[edit]

  • Emmanuel Bénézit, Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des peintres, sculpteurs, dessinateurs et graveurs de tous les temps et de tous les pays, Paris: Librarie Gründ, 1923-4 and 1976.
  • European Art Gallery entry