“On the manure of the Millennia after geogical cataclysms and warlike disasters, only the statues will remain.” — René Iché

ReneIche-GuernicaRené Iché (1897 – 1954) was a French sculptor, who was gassed in WWI and led an interesting life after that making art in the Paris of the early 20th century. He was a friend of Max Jacob, Guillaume Apollinaire, Picasso, and Jacques Lipschitz, in his studio in Montparnasse he sculpted the faces of André Breton, Paul Éluard and Federico García Lorca.

“Guernica” – pictured above – is the sculpture Iché carved in 1937, after hearing news of the bombing of Guernica, by planes of the German LuftwaffeCondor Legion” and the Italian Fascist Aviazione Legionaria. Iché used his daughter as model – and refused to show the sculpture publicly for decades after.

There is an official looking website with more photographs of the sculptor’s work from the 20s to the late 40s – the site is linked here.

Read the Wikipedia article on René Iché, linked here.

 

 

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