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1930 – 1935
A student at the École des Beaux-Arts in Rennes, Pellerin improved his cabinet making skills before going on to train in sculpture in Albert Bourget’s atelier. He won the Prix Conté.
1935 – 1939
He continued training as a sculptor at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the atelier of Jean Boucher and gained experience in monumental works in the ateliers of Alfred Janniot and George Serraz.
Pellerin set up his own atelier on rue du Moulin-de-Beurre (present-day rue du Texel) in the Montparnasse district, which he kept on until 1972. He was awarded the Prix Chenavard in 1939 and received a bronze medal at the Salon des Artistes Français.
1939 – 1941
Drafted into the air force, Pellerin was posted at the Chartres air base.
1946 – 1948
During Pellerin’s residency at the Villa Medici, conversations with the other fellows and above all the quality of the light in Rome encouraged a departure from academic and figurative sculpture. The work entitled La Joie marked this transition.
1948 – 1998
Pellerin taught at the École des Beaux-Arts until 1978 and at the École d’Architecture until 1969. Much of his time and energy during these years was devoted to the creation of monumental works, a significant number of which were publicly funded through the 1% artistique initiative established in 1951. He also worked on decorative schemes for thirteen places of worship and completed around a hundred commissions. Twenty-four different locations in Rennes display at least one of these sculptures.
Francis Pellerin sketching in the Aubrac region
© Haude Pellerin