Germaine Richier

1904-1959

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Price of a sculpture by the artist: 5,800 – 2 600,000 €.

Estimation of a print by the artist: 90 – 1,800 €.

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Training and rewards

Germaine Richier was a French sculptor born in Grans (Bouches-du-Rhône) on 16 September 1902 and died on 31 July 1959 in Montpellier (Hérault). Her relatives nicknamed her the Ouragane, after the name of her sculpture created in 1949.

At the age of 18, Germaine Richier entered the Montpellier School of Fine Arts and learned the basics of sculpture. She sculpts mainly busts and wins first prize in sculpture.

In 1926, her master, Antoine Bourdelle, invited her to his studio in Paris to become his private pupil where she remained until his death in 1929. She learned to work with stone and wood and stayed there until 1933.

In 1936, the sculptor was awarded the Blumhental Prize for her Bust No. 2, representing the son of the sculptor Robert Coutin.

In 1937, Germaine Richier won the Medal of Honour at the Universal Exhibition with her work Mediterranean. She exhibited frequently in Paris and Brussels and took part in the New York International Exhibition. During the day Germaine Richier worked in her studio, and in the evening she joined her friends at La Coupole or the Dôme to drink glasses and exchange on art. There she meets Alberto Giacometti, but also Marino Marini and Robert Couturier.

Technique and innovation

Germaine Richier, thanks to her mentor Antoine Bourdelle, learns to master different sculpture techniques such as triangulation. But the sculptor has imagination and emancipates herself from her apprenticeship. She decides to integrate nature into her works, notably in the Toad where leaves and branches are incorporated into the sculpture.

Since 1953, Germaine Richier has incorporated colour into her works. She introduces coloured glass blocks into her sculptures to play on transparency. L’Échiquier, grand is a group of monumental sculptures and is the culmination of her research on colour. The five statues are currently located in the Jardin des Tuileries in Paris.

Germaine Richier’s sculpture Don Quixote was sold for $1.4 million at a Sotheby’s sale in June 2014. Don Quichotte measures 212 cm and is a bronze sculpture with a brown patina. The work depicts a Don Quixote holding a spear in his right hand and striking the sun, while his left arm is raised towards the sky. The sculpture, dating from 1950-1951, was presented at the Venice Biennale in 1952.

Recognising G. Richier’s signature

Like many artists, Germaine Richier did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of the signatures to give you an idea. Variations of these signatures do exist, do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to formally authenticate a signature.

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