Georges MALISSARD

(1877-1942)

Horse « Chervil »

Georges MALISSARD

(1877-1942)

Horse « Chervil »

CAPTION

Height : 44.3 cm - 1' 5¹/₂" in.
Depth : 43 cm - 1' 4⁷/₈" in.
width : 13 cm - 0' 5¹/₈" in.

DESCRIPTION

Bronze with brown patina, dated 1925
Cast with lost wax from Claude Valsuani, with the mark of the art caster

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Georges Malissard was born in Anzin in 1877 into a family of industrialists. Passionate about riding and sculpture, he is spotted by the architect Constant Moyaux who introduces him to Emmanuel Frémiet. The latter encourages him to embark on an artistic career. Georges Malissard starts a brilliant career as an animal sculptor and specializes in equestrian subjects. He performs statuettes of the horses of the kaiser Wilhelm II and from 1908 exhibits regularly at the Salon des Artistes Français. After the war, he received many orders from the state, especially statues of Marshals Foch, Pétain and Lyautey. The statue of Foch is inaugurated in Cassel in the presence of the Marshal and Raymond Poincaré. In June 1930, at the initiative of the Duke of Westminster, the replica of this work is raised at Grosvenor Garden in the heart of London. Representing the monarchs on horseback such as Albert I and Alfonso XIII, Georges Malissard is also very interested by the owners of racehorses to make bronze statuettes of their racing horses. Besides horses, he also produces sculptures of other animals. He died in Neuilly sur Seine in 1942.