Marcel Gimond | French, 1894-1961

Marcel Gimond was a French sculptor born in the Ardèche region of France. He initially studied at the Beaux-Arts Academy in Lyon and was the student of both Aristide Maillol and Auguste Rodin. Gimond was an influential professor at the Paris Beaux -Arts until 1960.

Awarded the Grand Prix National des Arts in 1957, Gimond, who was the son of a metal-worker, is considered to be France’s last great portrait sculptor. An artist of a vast sculptural knowledge, Gimond was famed for his purified style which sought the permanence of form beneath his subjects’ individuality . Gimond is known for his numerous portraits of political and artistic figures and his distinctive bronze busts are to be found in numerous museums in France, Luxembourg and in the National Portrait Gallery, London.