Dandelot, a sculptor and painter, was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine. He studied under Paul Niclausse, Emile Guillaume, and Camille Lefèvre. He first began to exhibit in the Salon des Artistes Français in 1929. He won a number of prizes at the Salon, including an honorable mention in 1930, a silver medal in 1934, and a gold medal in 1936, the year of this painting.
He became best known as a painter, sculptor, and illustrator of animals, but he also did a number of religious subjects. Dandelot worked in the French film industry and in 1970 he created the fantastic animals which appeared in the film Peau d’Âne. In 1955 he joined the staff of the Museum of Natural History in Paris. He published a number of articles on zoology and illustrated Collins’ A Field Guide of Larger Mammals in Africa.
Listed: E. Bénézit, Dictionnaire Critique et Documentaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs, Gründ, Paris, 1999.
Pierre Dandelot 1908-2007
A Summer's Day in the South of France
Oil on canvas
Signed and dated, Lower left: “P.Dandelot/1936”
Provenance: Private collection, Virginia
Canvas size: 32 X 39½ inches
Frame size: 41 X 48 inches
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