French Sculpture Census

Lens, Pas-de-Calais 1872 - Chicago, Illinois, United States 1944
Gender: M
artist ©: public domain

Student of Lorado Taft, worked in Chicago.
See Wikipedia, (accessed 8 December 2015).
See biography in:
David Karel : Dictionnaire des artistes de langue française en Amérique du Nord, Québec, Presses de l'Université Laval, 1992, p. 206-207,
accessible through Google books.
See if some information could be found in Lorado Taft Papers, 1857-1953, in the archives of the University of Illinois (Record Series Number 26/20/16).
See also site:
Analogous to the rags-to-riches story is the coal-mines to art-circles story. The story of Leonard Crunelle who was born in a coal miner family in Northern France and grew up to become a reputed sculpture, with works displayed in many art exhibitions around the world. His family emigrated to Brazil, Indiana in 1882, when he was ten yeard old. Soon they moved to Decatur, Illinois. Leonard helped his father in coal mining since the age of ten. He went school in Decatur, where his teachers noticed his drawing skills, and that was his opening to the world of art.
Shortly before the Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Lorado Taft delivered a lecture in Decatur. After his address, some teaches of the town showed him the drawings made by Leonard. Lorado Taft was impressed and took him under his tutelage. Soon Leonard started helping Lorado in the preparation of Columbian Exposition/World's Fair at Jackson Park. After the Fair, Leonard took whatever daytime jobs he could get and attended the Art Institute night classes.
Soon he flourished as a artist. His speciality was making children's sculptures. Many times he used his own four children as models. His children helped him in making statues, the same way he helped his father in coal mines.

See also:, May 24, 2013:
Crunelle was born in Pas de Calais, France in 1872. He emigrated to Brazil, Indiana, in 1882, then to Decatur, Illinois a few years later. He worked in the mines of Decatur until 1893, when he went to Chicago as a student and apprentice of famed sculptor Lozado Taft. In addition to the Sakakawea statue, his commissioned works also include fountains for Grant Park; the Oglesby Memorial in Chicago's Lincoln Park; the Logan Monument at Vicksburg, Mississippi; and a portion of Lincoln's Tomb in Springfield, Illinois. Crunelle died in Chicago in 1944, at the age of 72.
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