Léon Hermant

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Polar Bear Expedition Monument in White Chapel Cemetery, Troy, Michigan

Leon Hermant (1866–1936) was a French-American sculptor best known for his architectural sculpture.

Hermant was born in France, educated in Europe and came to America in 1904 to work on the French Pavilion at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St. Louis, Missouri. For most of his career he was based in Chicago, working mostly in the American midwest, and frequently with a partner Carl (Charles) Beil.

In 1928 Hermant was awarded the Légion d'honneur by the French government for his Louis Pasteur Monument in Grant Park, Chicago.

Public monuments[edit]

Heroes of Illinois Memorial in the Memphis National Cemetery (2008)

Architectural sculpture[edit]


  • Bach, Ira and Mary Lackritz Gray, Chicago's Public Sculpture, University of Chicago Press, Chicago, 1983
  • Falk, Peter Hastings, Editor Who Was Who in American Art, Sound View Press, Madison Connecticut, 1985
  • Kvaran and Lockley, A Guide to Architectural Sculpture in America
  • Riedy, James L., Chicago Sculpture, University of Illinois Press, Urbana, Illinois 1981
  • Rooney, William A., Architectural Ornamentation in Chicago, Chicago Review Press, Chicago, 1984
  • Scheinman, Muriel, A Guide to the Art at the University of Illinois: Urbana-Champaign, Robert Allerton Park and Chicago, University of Illinois Press, Urbana, 1995

External links[edit]

  • Léon Hermant in American public collections, on the French Sculpture Census website Edit this at Wikidata