ALBERT CHEURET (1884-1966)
Very few things are known about Albert Cheuret’s life. It seems that he learnt sculpture with Georges Lemaire and Jacques Perrin, an academical professor at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Paris, while the rest of his youth remains a mystery.
Cheuret began his activity in 1907, he invests his Parisian studio of the avenue Franco-Prusse from 1921, and regularly exhibited at the Salon des Artistes français from then. In 1925, at the occasion of the Exposition internationale des Arts décoratifs, he occupied the stand #33 which was on the Pont Alexandre III ; his creations were a huge success and were partially reproduced in Le Luminaire et les Moyens d’éclairage nouveaux by Guillaume Janneau (1926).
Although he designed furniture – consoles, pedestal tables, etc. – and decorative objects – clocks, mirrors –, lightings remained the iconic production of Cheuret ; patinated bronze and alabaster proved to be his favourite materials. He knew how to take the aesthetically advantage of the contrast between the whiteness of the stone and the dark shades of the metal.
Cheuret favored exotic birds and flora as a source of his repertory, their sculptural aspect reflected the initial training of the decorator ; his compositions appeared to be a wise superposition of geometrical shapes and a stylized bestiary or naturalistic subjects, powerfully transcribed in the bronze.