The close observation of animals formed the mainstay of his sculptural work. He studied his subjects in depth, trying to uncover the most distinct behaviour traits of each animal.
Unlike his counterpart Francois Pompon, who stuck almost exclusively to birds, Petersen produced several mammals, whose character he brought to the fore with his refined modelling style.
In 1926 he joined a group of artists, led by François Pompon, who met regularly at the Jardin des Plantes to observe the animals. During this period, he was introduced to the dealer Edgar Brandt and participated at the first Animalier exhibition, which was held at the Galerie Brandt in 1927.
Armand Petersen was born in Basel in 1891. Of Swiss origin, he attended the School of Industrial Art in Geneva. After his graduation, he worked in Switzerland and subsequently Budapest, before finally moving to Paris.
Petersen initially pursued a career as an engraver; however, his work soon gravitated towards sculpture. The observation of animals formed the mainstay of his sculptural work. A keen observer, he studied his subjects in-depth, trying to uncover the most distinct behaviour traits of each animal. In the 1920s he became known for his skill in simplifying shape and form, a movement synonymous with the art deco style. His bronzes express the force and grace of animals with sensitivity and a very synthetic and realistic execution. The composition of his sculpture combines the latent dynamism of modernist form and the carefully observed naturalism of the Animalier tradition reminiscent of the striking models produced by Francois Pompon during this period.
Petersen participated in numerous exhibitions – the Salon d’Automne, the Tuileries, the Galerie Logan Brandt in Basel, Switzerland in Brussels and further shows in Berlin, Budapest, New York, and Denmark.
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Pelican with straight beak, 1954
A good quality, twentieth century bronze model of a Pelican entitled ‘Pelican Bec Redresse no. 2’ by Armand Petersen (French / Swiss 1891-1969). This sculpture […]