Emmanuel Pontremoli in 1932
13 January 1865|
Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, French Empire
25 July 1956 (aged 91)|
Paris, French Republic
|Alma mater||École des Beaux-Arts|
Prix de Rome |
Académie des Beaux-Arts
1922 Seat 7
|Projects||Villa Kerylos (ca.1900)|
Born in Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, a student in the atelier of Louis-Jules André, in 1890 he won the Prix de Rome in the architecture category and in 1922 became a member of the Académie des Beaux Arts. At the Beaux-Arts he taught a clinical architecture studio with André Leconte, a former student and winner of the 1927 Prix de Rome, the distinguished Atelier Pontremoli-Leconte. Pontremoli was appointed director of the Beaux-Arts in 1932 and is credited with shepherding the school, whose name had become synonymous with neoclassicism, into the Twentieth Century.
Pontremoli is best known for his architectural creation of Villa Kerylos for Théodore and Fanny Reinach at Beaulieu-sur-Mer and for the Institute for Human Paleontology in Paris for Albert I, Prince of Monaco.
The Avenue Emmanuel Pontremoli in Nice is named in his memory.
- Bilsel, Can. Antiquity on display : regimes of the authentic in Berlin's Pergamon Museum. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 114. ISBN 9780199570553.
- Jean-Michel Leniaud (2002). Bouvier, Béatrice and Jean-Michel Leniaud, ed. Le livre d'architecture, XVe - XXe siècle : édition, représentations et bibliothèques ; journées internationales d'étude des 8 et 9 novembre 2001 organisées au Collège de France, avec le concours du Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication et de l'École Nationale Supérieure des Sciences de l'Information et des Bibliothèques (in French). Paris: École de Chartes. pp. 202–204, 219. ISBN 9782900791530.
- Hartmann, Roberto Cassanelli ... [et al.] ; edited by Massimiliano David ; introduction by Filippo Coarelli ; translation by Thomas M. (2002). Ruins of ancient Rome : the drawings of French architects who won the Prix de Rome, 1786-1924. Los Angeles, Calif.: J.P. Getty Museum. p. 19. ISBN 9780892366804.
Modernity in architecture became apparent with the rise of new programs, new materials such as glass and steel, pure aesthetics, and a special attention to urban planning. The Ecole des Beaux-Arts gradually adapted to these trends. The architect Emmanuel Pontremoli (1865–1956, winner of the Grand Prix in 1890) "became the author of the mediation between the conservative atmosphere of the Academie des beaux-arts and the more innovative opportunities in teaching material." He was director from 1932 to 1937
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