Sculpture Journal

Rumours of war: Rudier and art bronze casting during the Second World War

Sculpture Journal (2013), 22, (2), 128–133.

Abstract

Under the German occupation of France, from 1940 onwards, it has popularly been believed that casting sculpture, ornaments and objets d'art in bronze was prohibited because the German armaments industry demanded such large quantities of raw materials, especially non-ferrous metals, from France. The foundry of Alexis Rudier was thought to be the only art bronze foundry to continue casting sculptural bronzes throughout the war because it collaborated with the occupying forces. This article, through both archival research and a survey of art historical, economic, political and social literature, seeks to show that, for a while at least, other foundries did continue to cast, and that Rudier's continuing in business was not problem-free.

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Finn, Clare