Commemorating the Exposition Internationale de Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes held in Paris in 1925. 2 1/2″ (6 cm) high and wide. Iconic Art Deco. In fact, as iconic as it gets. Exquisite bas -relief of a semi-nude woman in a moderne attitude playing with a garland.
Pierre Turin is widely considered the most accomplished Art Deco medalist. He was born in Sucy-en-Brie, France, in 1891 and died in 1968. He attended the École des Beaux-Arts, where he studied under Vernon, Patey and Coutain. In 1920 he won the Grand Prix de Rome, and was made Chevalier of the Légion d’Honneur in 1936. His most famous work is this very medal, for the exhibition that gave the name to the Art Deco style.
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The International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts (French: L’Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes) was a World’s fair held in Paris, France, from April to October 1925. It was designed by the French government to highlight the new style moderne of architecture, interior decoration, furniture, glass, jewelry and other decorative arts in Europe and throughout the world. Many ideas of the international avant-garde in the fields of architecture and applied arts were presented for the first time at the Exposition. The event took place between the esplanade of Les Invalides and the entrances of the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, and on both banks of the Seine. There were 15,000 exhibitors from twenty different countries; and it was visited by sixteen million people during its seven-month run. The Style Moderne presented at the Exposition later became known as “Art Deco”, after the name of the Exposition.