ORIGINAL WOOD, SIGNED AND MONOGRAMED
Parpan was born in Alfortville, France on July 8, 1902. He was a sculptor
of religious subjects, groups, figures, and animals. While a young child,
he learned to sculpt from his father, a professional artist. Parpan
planned to study at the École des Beaux-Arts, but due to World
War I he worked for six years as an apprentice to an engraver. During
this time he also learned to paint. In 1926 he opened his own studio,
but it was years before he exhibited his works publicly. Beginning in
1936 Parpan exhibited solo shows in Paris and smaller French towns.
in many group exhibitions. Beginning in the 1950s he exhibited regularly
at the Salon de l’Art Libre in Paris and the Salon des Indépendants.
He exhibited at the Exposition d’Art Sacré in Vézelay
in 1951; Salon des Conches in 1956 and 1961; Salon de la Jeune Sculpture
in Paris in 1956; Salon d’Asnièrs in 1958, 1963, and 1965;
Salon d’Automne in Paris in 1970. Parpan was a “membre sociétaire”
of the Salon d’Automne, Salon des Indépanedants, Salon
des Formes Humains at the Musée Rodin, Salon Compairason, Salon
des Terres Latines, and Salon de l’Art Libre.
his work was exhibited at the Marie du XVI arrondissement (the town
hall) in Paris. He was awarded a silver medal from the Ville de Paris,
a vermeil medal from Arts et Lettres, and Prix Européan de la
Sculpture in Rouen in 1991.
exhibited outside of France. He won a first place prize in Monte Carlo.
He exhibited as well in many galleries in England, Germany, Belgium,
Switzerland, and the United States.
Parpan worked in marble and stone, including alabaster and onyx. He also created works from wood, ivory, ebony, and bronze. He sculpted many religious works notably a Christ en Croix (Christ on the Cross), a Vierge à l’Enfant (Virgin and Child), and other figures including a series of statues of musicians. He also sculpted animals including L’Oiseaux en Vol (Bird in Flight) and Le Chant du Coq (Rooster’s Song). Parpan opted for simplistic forms and figures with use of distinct and smooth plans and clean and sleek lines. His style exemplifies modern classicism.