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BIOGRAPHY

Marguerite de BAYSER-GRATRY (1881-1975) was once considered as one of the greatest representatives of the artistic Inter-War period.

A frequent participant at the French Artist’s Salon; in 1908 she received a first place award. Her work was originally oriented towards realism, however, she would later shift towards becoming an increasingly purified sculptor. This change of artistic direction took place in the 1920’s and effectively allowed her to develop her own personal style.

1925 was her year of recognition, She received the grand prize at the ‘Designer Artists Salon’. François Pompon who noticed her artworks at this salon, then started associating and accrediting her to his own creations. She also had close collaborations with Charles Despiau in an effort to study Egyptian sculpture. She would then become friends with the Spanish sculptor Mateo Hernandez, his influence would cause Bayser-Gratry’s predilection for sculpting from a direct cut of alabaster and onyx stone.

Her participation in the salons of 1931 and 1937 were all greatly successful, notable prizes and multiple state commissions were gained during this period.

In 1938, an important solo exhibition was dedicated to her at the Galerie Charpentier; the exhibition was received with strong critical success. In 1960, A large retrospective of her work was organized at the renowned Galerie Bernheim Jeune.

Bayser-Graty’s legacy is mainly remembered by her opulent fish sculptures, such pieces translate perfectly the subtlety of her personal style. However, her bestiary is extremely diverse, her spectrum ranging from the exotic to the European. Closely linked to the animal artists of the Jardin des Plantes, she was also a member of the group “Women Modern Artists” beside Jeanne Poupelet in 1934.

Although the animalier sculpting occupied the most important place in her work, she also devoted herself with equal talent to figurative statuary and direct cut portrait.

Bayser-Gratry’s very diverse and talented work; once renowned amongst the European art circles of the time, is now ready to be rediscovered.

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