François Bazin

1897 - 1956

Sobre o artista

François Victor José Bazin (France, 1897-1956), Sculptor and also engraver of medals. He grew up largely in Chile (Santiago) where his parents taught art school designing and engraving medal art.
In 1913 they moved back to Paris where François Bazin started his training at the École des Arts Décoratifs. Unfortunately, his education was interrupted by the outbreak of WWI. He was mobilized and became a pilot. He flew there with a plane that had an engine from Hispano Suiza. The squadron he flew with called themselves the storks and adopted the stork as their lucky charm (mascot).

After the war, the patron of Hispano-Suiza , Monsieur Louis Massuger, asked if Bazin wanted to create a work of art as a symbol of victory, as a tribute it was placed on the radiotor cap as a mascot on the cars of Hispano-Suiza. The stork (Cigogne) was Bazin's first radiator cap or mascot design and was exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1919. Picasso also drove the Hispano-Suiza.
Later he made the mascot of the Congolese princess Mangbetu for Citroën as a tribute to an expedition/race through Central Africa in 1924 (Croisière Noire). He already made another centaur in 1921 as the logo for all UNIC Automobiles. He also worked for Triumph and Lejeune.

After the war, Bazin had also completed his education at the Art Academy. Bazin's main work was his work as a sculptor, he won the premier Grand Prix de Rome in 1925 and also the Prix Nationales des Beaux-Arts in 1929. He was named Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur des Beaux-Arts in 1938.

In addition to his bronzes, he made various statues and monuments. Especially known is the large monument in Brittany "Aux Bigoudens" and in 1949 the large monument in the form of the Loraine cross at Pen-Hir, a design by the architect Jean-Baptiste Mathon for which Bazin made the figures. His sculptures are counted among Cubism.