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G. Crouzat bronze Faun and Squirrel

A verry intriguing bronze sculpture by Georges Crouzat.
Faun playing with a squirrel.
Signed. Foundry mark Susse Paris. Inscribed "Cire Perdue" (lost wax).
Silver plated bronze.
Portoro base.
Excellent condition.
Circa 1925.
W62cm H28cm

Georges Crouzat
Recognized artist born in Castres (France) in 1904, George Crouzat was childhood attracted by sculpture. At the age of nineteen, he reached the capital where he would be assisted by his friend, Vice-Admiral Louis Jaurès, brother of Jean Jaurès. Georges Crouzat joined the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris where he studied with Paul Landowsky in sculpture and Henry Dropsy's for the medal. All his life Georges Crouzat leads these two activities head-on (he will be one of the most creative French medalists of the early 20th century). Parallel to his studies, he collaborates with the sculptor Firmin Michelet. This intense collaboration will last about ten years. Very quickly the orders follow one another and he will live well of this double job of sculptor and medaller. In 1928 he received an honorable mention at the Salon des artistes français and performed his first medal for the currency of Paris four years later. In 1937 his Bust of Jean Jaurès was rewarded with a silver medal at the Universal Exhibition. President of the French Society of Engravers Medals, expert near the Court of Appeal and the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Paris, he has also invested a lot in defending the rights of artists. In total Georges Crouzat's work has more than five hundred pieces (including 350 medals) including numerous state commissions for the Senate and the National Assembly. Many traces of its production are visible in the Tarn department of origin but its fame extends beyond the Tarnese borders as evidenced by the memorial of the Royal Regiment of Canada, Glory carrying his hero to Ajaccio or the Harvest in Chartres.