The Guerry Columns by Georges Jeanclos
Until December 31st 2020
Georges Jeanclos (Paris, 1933 - Paris, 1997), The Guerry Columns, detail of the capital, France, 1994
The Guerry Columns, a major work Georges Jeanclos (1933-1997), joined recently the mahJ’s collections thanks to an exceptional donation by the artist’s family of a full-scale terracotta study of the bronze monument erected in the hamlet of Guerry at Savigny-en-Septaine in the Cher.
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Created in 1994, the Columns, which capitals depict the rise and fall of bodies, commemorate the massacres on July and August 1944 of thirty-six Jews – among whom Pierre and Fanny Jeankelowitsch, the artist’s uncle and aunt - thrown into wells in retaliation for the liberation of Saint-Amand-Montrond by the Resistance on 6 June 1944.
A poignant evocation of one of the crimes of the Shoah perpetrated on the French territory, this work constitutes a major enrichment of the mahJ’s contemporary collection.
Born in 1933, Jeanclos spent the Occupation in hiding and. studied at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts from 1952 to 1958, after an apprenticeship in the studio of the sculptor Robert Mermet. He was an artist in residence at the Villa Médicis in Rome, then taught successively at the École des Beaux-Arts in Le Mans and at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1982 he founded the research and creation studio at the Manufacture de Sèvres, which he directed until he died in 1997.