Maurice Prost would have been able to be simply a talented animalist artist, as his friends with whom he shared the passion of his art and animals.
But Prost is remarkable by his own work and his life. While the fate has just struck him (he is amputated by an arm from the first months of the war in 1914), he abandons his profession, cheseling jeweller, and opts for his passion, the animalist sculpture.
He will be a sculptor, an hewer, the most difficult among arts .
This choice is surprising considering his handicap, but it is reveals the will-power and the courage which will characterize him throughout his life. From 1919 till 1945, Prost realize the biggest part of his creations, very original often.
Acknowledged Artist by the public, the criticism and also the art professionals , he received during his career the highest distinctions.
His work, rich and remarkable, illustrates a part of Art-Deco, one of the richest periods of the XXth century.
| 1894 march 13 th, - Maurice
Prost born in Paris - France.
Endowed for the drawing, Prost follows the art courses of the sculptor Leopold Morice. It's his other professor, Charles Valton who reveals him the real vocation as animalist artist.
1913-1914 - M. Prost is apprentice in the chiseling workshop of Mr. Gauthier, goldsmith in Paris. He will be second to the chiseling’s National diploma of la Chambre Syndicale de Bijouterie et d'Orfèvrerie. And during the annual contest organized in November 1913 by this Chambre Syndicale, he will receive the golden medal for his first prize of chiseling.
1914 - Some months later, the war is declared and he has to incorporate the 147th regiment of infantry. One month after his classes, on the Front in Argonne during an assault, he is hurted by a bullet in his left arm. Transferred to Saint Ménéhoult's hospital, he was amputated to avoid the gangrena. Return in Paris, the war is over for him.
- He meets a nurse, Germaine, they will marry together some months
They join in Montpellier Gaston Prost, his elder brother, painter and
engraver. They will stay there till the end of the war.
1920 - He settles down rue Ernest Cresson in the 14th district his first workshop. .1921 - Exhibition at the French Artists Salon. He begins to practise the hewing, at the beginig he explains to his wife how hit with an hammer the chisel which hold on the stone. Prize-winner of radiator mascot contest. He created about ten different mascot models.
- Creation of Samothrace with the sculptor Paul Préyat,
Prost will be a vice-president. This society will organize every year a
salon, where he exposes till his death.
First exhibition at the Salon d'Automne.
- Birth of his daughter Claude.
He purchases a ground in Brunoy where he orders an house and builds
himself his workshop adapted for the monumental sculpture.
Realize a small panther in terra-cotta , his famous walking panther,
which will be edited next year in bronze by the foundry Susse
- New workshop rue du Pot de Fer, Paris 5th district.
The nearness of a glass-making workshop gives him the idea to use a
pneumatic drill, which he will adapt and will work out. Henceforth, he
can hew alone.
Perms exhibition in the Gallery Susse, Boulevard de la Madeleine in
His bronze edited sculptures will be among the most sold at this
1928 - Big exhibition with the association of the Mutilated Artists and Wounded soldiers in Champs-Elysées. Exceptional event, inaugurated by all the French political class, the whole National and International press and all allied diplomats.
1930 - He participates to the exhibition of the Artists Animalist, gallery Edgar Brandt, Boulevard Malesherbes.
- Realise a bronze life-size black panther for the Colonial Exhibition.
1932 - He creates some ceramiques for the Manufacture de Sèvres.
1937- Prost realises for the Alma's footbridge during the International exhibition of the Arts and Techniques, two 5 meters height Pégasus , he moves from his workshop 83 rue de la Tombe Issoire in the 14th district. His neighbour is the ceramist Jouve
1939- He organises a big exhibition in his workshop from 5 to 25 May .Many political and cultural personalities came for inauguration.
1948-1964 - Cities and Societies ordered him monumental sculptures.
1961-1965 - La Monnaie de Paris commands him a series of medals
1967- July 3rd - Maurice Prost dies in Paris.
1913 - Médaille d'or du Concours de la Chambre Syndicale de Bijouterie et d'Orfèvrerie.
1922 - Médaille d'honneur du Salon des Artistes Français.
Lauréat du concours du journal l'Auto, avec un bouchon de radiateur en forme de cigogne.
1929 - Médaille de bronze au Salon des Artistes Français.
1931 - Médaille de Bronze de l'Enseignement des Arts et Techniques.
1932 - Officier d'Académie.
1933 - Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur à titre militaire.
1934 - Médaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris (Arts-Sciences-Lettres).
1936 - Médaille d'Argent du Salon des Artistes Français.
1947 - Médaille de Vermeil de la Ville de Paris (Arts-Sciences-Lettres).
1957 - Officier de la Légion d'Honneur au titre des Arts.
- Médaille d'or du
Salon des Artistes Français.
1966 - Médaille d'honneur au Salon d'Automne .