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Irénée Félix René Rochard, born January 16, 1906 in Villefranche-sur-Saône and died March 29, 1984 (aged 78) in Paris, in the 15th arrondissement1, was a French animal sculptor.
From 1924 to 1928, Irénée Rochard studied at the Schools of Fine Arts and Decorative Arts, from 1938 he was a member of the National Society of Fine Arts. Between the wars, he was close to other animal sculptors, such as François Pompon and Édouard-Marcel Sandoz.
He sculpted hundreds of animals, horses, monkeys, gazelles, panthers, bear cubs, ducks, bison, pelicans, camels, dogs and others in the Art Deco style. He uses ceramics, wood, granite and marble, but especially bronze.
From 1965, he was a member of the Jury of French Artists and Laureate of the Institut de France.
The city of Paris bought some of his works (1937, 1950, 1954, 1965, 1968), as well as the city of New York in 1938.
1931 - Colonial Exhibition Gold Medal
1941 – Bronze Medal of the National Society of Fine Arts
1948 – Silver Medal of the National Society of Fine Arts
1952 – Gold Medal from the National Society of Fine Arts
1965 – Member of the jury of the National Society of Fine Arts
1960 – Taylor Prize
1961 – Prize of the Academy of Fine Arts
1964 – Arthur Leduc Prize
1970 – Prize of the Institut de France
1973 – Prize of the Institute of Fine Arts
1976 – Thérèse-Rivière Prize
1980 – Medal of Honor from the National Society of Fine Arts
1981 – Édouard-Marcel Sandoz prize for animal sculpture