Saturday, January 12, 2008
Not long after moving to Nice I discovered the huge war memorial over-looking the port, a mighty impressive edifice indeed.
A section of it has some really dynamic art-deco relief sculpture & I made this drawing above from it.
Then in October the Musée des Beaux Arts staged a tribute exhibition to sculptor Alfred Janniot. I learnt that he was responsible for the war memorial & another of Nice's prominent public sculptures the 'Fontain du Soleil'. In fact he was France's preminent sculptor during the 1930s.
There were dozens of examples of his work on show; sculptures, maquettes, preparatory sketches, an enormous carpet with art-deco style weavings. He did the facade for the Rockefeller centre, NYC & even designed decor for sea-liners.
It also dawned on me that I had encountered his work previously in Paris without realising. The frieze sculptures adorning the Palais de Tokyo were his.
These days they're encroached upon by graffiti art displays but it makes for an interesting juxtaposition n'est ce pas?