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Georges Gardet

Bronze Sculptor 1863 - 1939

Georges Gardet was born in Paris, France, on October 11th 1863. A highly talented sculptor, Gardet first began his sculpting career studying and working with his sculptor, father, Joseph, and Aime Millet. He was heavily influenced by the works of Emmanuel Fremiet, whom Gardet studied under at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.

Gardet was fascinated by big game animals and his detailed treatment of these subjects is reflected in all his bronze sculptures. While he did specialise in creating sculptures of big game animals, his fascination with animals was just not limited to them; he also did a number of small works of domestic animals and a few private commissions of pets as well.

All of the animals he sculpted were detailed in a very powerful vein, each having an individual character of its own, unlike many of the other sculptors of that time who were producing static animals in bronze. Occasional glimpses of the late Antoine Louis Barye's influence are found in Gardet's treatment of his combat groups.

He first exhibited a bronze sculpture at the Salon des Artistes Frances in Paris in 1883, at the age of twenty. He continued exhibiting at the Salon for another 17 years, culminating in the Grand Prix at the 1900 Exposition Universelle. Highlights of his career include a Bison and Jaguar for the entrance of the Museum of Laval in 1892, lions to ornament the stairways of the Alexandre III bridge on the Right Bank in 1900 and several monumental commissions for private chateaux throughout France.

While he specialised in bronze sculptures, not all of his were carried out in this method; many were originally carved in marble and some were even done in Onyx and only reproduced as bronze reductions for the most popular groups. Many of his works were produced in unglazed porcelain by the Sevres factory.

He is considered by many as the finest animal sculptor of the late Animalier period. Sadly Georges Gardet passed away in 1939, at the age of 74, but his influence still lives on to this day. You can find various bronze sculptures, by Gardet and many of his contemporaries, on our site. Feel free to browse through our catalogue today.