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 Cyril Joseph Ledoux  (1894 - 1976)

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Medley of Spring, oil, 16" x 20", 13 April 1930
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Cyril Joseph Ledoux (pronounced "le doo") was born on 19 July 1894 in New York City, New York, a son of Alexander J. and Theresa M. Ledoux.  Another son, Sylvester, was born in Pennsylvania in 1895. Alexander was an immigrant from French Canada and employed as a laborer in Manhattan, New York in 1900, as a candy maker in a confectionery shop in Saratoga Springs, NY in 1910, and as a laborer in a machine shop in Elmira, NY in 1920. There are indications that he came from Quebec, but this has not been confirmed.

On 5 June 1917, when Cyril completed his WWI draft registration card, he was residing in Elmira, and employed as toolmaker for the Willys-Morrow Mfg. Co. During the 1920 census, Cyril and his brother, Sylvester, were employed as toolmakers in a machine shop.  During the 1930 census, Cyril was living in Rochester, NY as a lodger in a private home, working a "designer, machine tool co."  Cyril married Anne Rose Mattes and their son, Cyril Joseph Jr. was born in 1936.

From 1936-1944 Cyril is listed as a designer in Rochester city directories. The address he was employed at appears to be for the Delco Appliance Company. Prior to 1930 this company was called the North East Electric Company and Ledoux may have worked there then, too. Ledoux was mentioned in the American Magazine of Art in 1930, and in the Proceedings of the Rochester Academy of Science in 1953.  Ledoux received his training as a toolmaker at the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute, what is today known as the Rochester Institute of Technology.   It is not known where he received his artistic training.

Ledoux started painting at the age of 19, about 1913, according to his daughter. He was a painter in oils, etcher, engraver, jewelry designer, and photographer. His family still owns his engraving press. He was the secretary of the Rochester Art Club (RAC), 1928-1930.  Ledoux was selected to design a mace for the University of Rochester.  Ledoux developed his own photographs, though no information to indicate that he exhibited his photographic work has come to light. He painted in the company of Carl William Peters and Edward Siebert.  Siebert painted his portrait, which is still in the possession of the family. Ledoux was the Secretary at the 29 January 1929 meeting of the RAC, when Carl W. Peters was one of 20 members present.

Cyril Ledoux exhibited at the Buffalo Artists Association Albright Gallery Show in 1927 and 1928, and at the Rochester Art Club annual show in 1930.  He taught at the Rochester Art Gallery and exhibited at the first Clothesline Show at the Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester in 1958.  He had a lengthy career as a painter and likely exhibited his work many times.  He is not documented in any art reference book, though.

Cyril Ledoux died in December 1976 in Rochester, and was buried in the Holy Sepulcher Cemetery in Rochester on 13 December 1976. He designed his own tombstone and the tombstone for his parents' grave in Elmira, NY. Anne R. Ledoux died on 16 February 1999 in Rochester.

Written and submitted by Kevin Daniel, who wrote: Some of the information in this biography was gathered in a telephone call to Ledoux's daughter in April 2010.  Kevin Daniel is a researcher of lesser-known artists and collector of work by these artists. 

His website is http://www.kevindaniel.250x.com/other.html


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