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ANDRE-VINCENT BECQUEREL (FRENCH, 1893-1981)

André-Vincent Becquerel was born in the Oise district of France at St. Andre-Farivilliers in 1893.  He studied under a prominent member of the Animalier school, Prosper Lecourtier, as well as Hector Lemaire and begain exhibiting at the Salon des Artistes Française in 1914 through 1922.  The most well known in his body of work is “The Finish”, a sculpture of two racehorses crossing the finish line executed in the full Art Deco taste.  While he produced a large selection of Art Deco figures of wedded couples, children at play and other interesting genre scenes, he is most known for his animal studies including large cats and birds.

Literature

  • Animals in Bronze, Christopher Payne, 2002, p. 396
  • E. Benezit Dictionary of Artists, Gründ, 2006, Vol. I, p. 1463
  • Dictionary of Western Sculptors in Bronze, James Mackey, 1977, p. 38
  • Art Deco and other figures, Bryan Catley, 1989, p. 41-44