Born in 1980 at La Creuse, France, Anna QUINQUAUD (1890 - 1984) showed at an early age a great interest and talent in sculpture.

In 1912, her works “The Cattail” and “Chevrier” were displayed at the French Artists Salon, she participated at the salon again in 1913 and 1914. During the same year, she received the ‘Sculptor’s Prize’ for female painters and sculptors. In 1919, she incorporated herself at the prestigious ‘Ecole des Beaux Arts’ and further increased her participation to the salons.

On the 23rd of July 1924, Quinquaud was awarded the highly distinguished ‘Prix de Rome’. In the same year, she became the first woman to receive the ‘West African Award’.
Whilst travelling through Africa, Quinquaud was greatly inspired by the locals and thus decided to portray them through her art. Deeply fascinated by the indigenous population of Fulani, she would later represent them with both talent and love.
After a journey in Madagascar, Quinquaud left for the Caribbean on a cruise liner from the General Transatlantic Company. From her stopovers in Point-à-Pitre, Fort de France, Port-au-Prince and Havana, she brought back with her several sculptures that she had made, in particular “Caribbean Dancers”; a magnificent piece we have here at Dumonteil.

The sculptures QuinQuaud brought back from her trips encountered a great success among the critics of the period. Salons, exhibitions and commissions followed one after the other. She has also has ten years of collaboration with the ‘Manufacture de Sèvres’.

Anna QUINQUAUD was a major artist of the Inter-War period. Her retrospective exhibitions in 2013 at the ‘Musée de la Piscine’ in Roubaix, Rodez and Brest has allowed the public to rediscover her immense talent and her sensible and charming personality.