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Henri Lavasseur (French, 1853-1934)

Born in Paris April 16th, 1853, Henri Louis Levasseur studied extensively under Eugene Delaplanche and Emile Thomas. He began exhibiting at the Salon des Artistes Francais in 1881, quickly being noticed as an exceptional sculpture when he received distinction during the exhibit of 1882, receiving third-place medal in 1885, a second-place medal in 1888, awarded at the Exposition Universelle with bronze in 1889, a first-class medal in 1898 and silver medal at the 1900 Exposition Universelle where he presented a Jeanne d'Arcin bronze, silver, gold, fine pearls and rubies. His works were cast extensively by Societe des Bronzes of Paris, less frequently by Siot-Decauville and also by Thiebaut.

Further Reading and Notes:

  • Bronzes of the Nineteenth Century, Dictionary of Sculptors, Kjellberg, p. 437-8
  • Benezit, Dictionary of Artists, vol. VIII, Grund, p. 923
  • Bronzes: Sculptors & Founders, Harold Berman
  • Société des Bronzes Paris, Catalog [showing a large body of his work available for sale by the Société]
  • Art Deco and Other Figures, Bryan Catley, 1978, p. 204-205 [eight works represented]