A large plaster cast by Robert Coin acquired by Lille


Robert Coin (1901-2007)
Model for the upper part of the building housing
La Voix du Nord
Plaster - c. 100 x 100 cm
Lille, Palais des Beaux-Arts
Photo : Palais des Beaux-Arts

22/12/09 – Acquisition – Lille, Palais des Beaux-Arts – The recent donation by Philippe Laporte and Yannick Pellegrin (see other news item in French of 16/12/09) no doubt has renewed the museum’s interest in 1930’s sculpture. In fact, there could be no better tribute than the recent acquisition (along with the municipal archives and the city’s heritage department) of a large plaster cast (ill.) by the Lille native Robert Coin (who died in 2007 at the age of 106).

The work, purchased from an antique dealer in Lille, is a preparation for the upper part of the building housing the premises of the regional newspaper La Voix du Nord. Built by Albert Laprade and finished in 1936, this structure uses the form characteristic of Flemish façades with triangular gables in an Art Deco style and on a monumental scale.


Didier Rykner, mardi 22 décembre 2009



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