Sculpture by Albert Féraud – Abstract assemblage, 1974
Assemblage of welded stainless steel signed downwards on foot.
Dimensions: Height: 61 cm – 24 in
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Albert FÉRAUD (1921 – 2008)
Albert Féraud was born on November 26, 1921 in Paris and died on January 11, 2008 in Bagneux. He is a French sculptor and friend of the French painter Annick Gendron. He is the son of a Nobel Prize in medicine and an opera singer.
He spent his childhood in Paris, Cap-d’Ail and Nîmes, near his uncle and returned to Paris to finish his secondary studies. During World War II, he left Nîmes and entered the École des beaux-arts in Montpellier, Marseille and then Paris, in Alfred Janniot’s studio. He was the first Grand Prix de Rome winner for sculpture in 1951.
Between 1950 and 1960, he produced numerous works in stone or bronze, including a series of busts which relate to Bourdelle or Despiau.
From 1960, he discovers the salvaged materials and the creative freedom it gives. His work evolves towards an increasingly marked abstraction.
After researching lead, he turned to work in welded iron and then stainless steel. This was the time of his first two major exhibitions, in 1960 and 1961, at Galerie 7 in Paris. Since then, each year, an exhibition has been dedicated to him in France and abroad, such as Basel, Zurich, Montreal, Lucerne, Frankfurt, Berlin, Warsaw and Turin.
An important bibliography is devoted to the work of this artist whose name is linked, for the most part, to the exploration of the possibilities of this new material, ‘’stainless steel’’, of which Albert Féraud is one of the most skilful and more inspired user.
He is passionate about the projection, into three-dimensional spaces, the two-dimensional plane of which has until then been the preferred playing field for the artist. His sculptures, even in its eventful exuberances are and bear the joy of living of the artist and manifests it and keeps its sense of harmony and balance a quality of a plastic density which makes it interesting, as well for the lover of sculpture than for the architect in search of animation.
Today, nearly 50 works are in public, French and foreign collections, and more than 70 personal exhibitions have been organized around the world, including this major traveling exhibition in Shanghai and Beijing in 2001.
Albert Féraud was promoted to Officer of the National Order of the Legion of Honor in 2002 and appointed Knight of the Order of Academic Palms in 1998.
He died on January 11, 2008 in Bagneux in the Hauts-de-Seine.
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May 30, 2021
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