French Sculpture Census

GIRARDET, Berthe, née IMER
Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône 1861 - Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine 1948
Gender: F
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Marseille ville sculptée, blog by Laurent Noet,, 6 June 2011 :
Daughter of Charles Gustave Imer, a merchant of Swiss origin, she learned sculpture in the studio of Émile Aldebert before completing her training in Paris with Antonin Carlès.
From 1890 onwards she exhibits in Marseille and in Paris; she is faithful to the Salon des Artistes Français (honorable award in 1902) until 1944 even though she exhibits some times in the Salon d’Automne (1904) or at the Union des Femmes Peintres et Sculpteurs (1928). Her marriage to the Swiss painter Paul Girardet in 1893 allows her to be part of the Swiss section at the 1900 World's Fair where she is awarded a gold medal.
In February 1925, the Parisian gallery Jean Charpentier devotes to her an important retrospective exhibition.
Her work comprises mainly portraits of character types The Torero ; The Old Woman, Neufchâtel Museum, Switzerland) and genre scenes (The Blessing of the Grandmother; The Sick Child – City of Paris collection, dépôt d’Ivry; Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread – The Detroit Institute of Art, USA).
After the First World War, commemoration of the victims of the conflict (To the Unknown Heroes, stele at the Ossuary in Douaumont) and religion occupy a great part of her production even though, in the same period, she sculpts for the City of Marseille a relief named Serenity.
She was concerned about the edition of her works and worked, among others, with the Manufactures of Sèvres and of Charenton (biscuit, polychrome stoneware) and with Christofle (galvanized bronze).
Information given (January 2015) by Mme Anne Rivière, author of a Dictionary of Women Sculptors, to be published:
Her mother, Helen Rogers, was American, the daughter of a business-man settled in Naples (Italy); this fact may explain why works by Berthe Girardet are found in the US..
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