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'Bear cub' bronze by Irénée Rochard
Irénée Rochard (French, 1906-1984)
A very stylish and large-scale bronze sculpture of a seated bear cub by Irénée Rochard, beautifully modelled and cast in 1920. Marked in the bronze, I ROCHARD with number 5/8.
Height overall: 20 inches (50 cm).
Born into an artistic family in 1906, Rochard turned to animal sculpting very early in his career and at the age of 22, upon graduating from the Beaux-Arts school, he won a national prize for a life-size bronze of a panther.
A contemporary and friend of Marcel-Edouard Sandoz and François Pompon, Rochard made his life’s work endeavouring to express not only the intelligence and dignity of the animals he sculpted, but also their fierceness.