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 Paul Maximilien Landowski  (1875 - 1961)

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Lived/Active: France      Known for: monument sculpture-religious figure and war memorial, teaching

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Paul Maximilien Landowski (4 June 1875 – 27 March 1961), was a French monument sculptor of Polish ancestry.  He was born in Paris to Polish refugees of the January Uprising, and died in Boulogne-Billancourt.

A graduate of the French National Academy, Landowski won the Prix de Rome in 1900 with his statue of David, and went on to a fifty-five year career that produced over thirty five monuments in the city of Paris and twelve more in the surrounding area. Among those is the Art Deco figure of St. Genevieve on the 1928 Pont de la Tournelle.  He also created Les Fantomes, the French Memorial to the Second Battle of the Marne, which stands upon the Butte de Chalmont in Northern France.

Landowski is widely known for the 1931 Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, a collaboration with civil engineer Heitor da Silva Costa; some sources indicate Landowski designed Christ's head and hands.  From 1933 through 1937 he was Director of the French Academy in Rome.

He was the father of artists: Nadine Landowski (1908–1943), painter, Marcel Landowski (1915–1999), composer, and the pianist and painter, Françoise Landowski-Caillet (1917–2007).

Landowski won a gold medal at the Art competitions at the 1928 Summer Olympics for Sculpture, an event held between 1912–1952. He also served as an art–juror with Florence Meyer Blumenthal in awarding the Prix Blumenthal, a grant given between 1919–1954 to young French painters, sculptors, decorators, engravers, writers and musicians.

A museum dedicated to Landowski's work is in the Boulogne-Billancourt suburb of Paris with over 100 works on display.


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