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Robert Falcucci

by on February 9, 2016

Robert Falcucci, deceased French artist (1900 – 1989).

Robert Falcucci  was a French artist, painter and illustrator. He was born on April 10, 1900 in Châteauroux, France. He died at his home in Saint-Aubin, France on May 13th, 1989.

In 1903 his father, a postmaster, was appointed to Saint Aubin Châteauneuf in Burgundy. He transferred in 1911 to Héry, Bourgogne to facilitate transportation to Auxerre where Robert was educated, at Lycée Paul Bert. Robert was introduced to drawing and painting by Cecile Cavaille-Coll, granddaughter of painter, designer and famous organ builder, Aristide Cavaillé-Coll. In 1919 he service in military service in Paris.

Upon completion of military service Robert was accepted at the Galeries des Beaux-Arts and admitted to the Ecole Normale Superieure des Arts Decoratifs in Paris. In Paris he met Emmanuel Cavaille-Coll, the brother of Cecilia, renowned designer and watercolorist.

In 1924 he married Odile Ginioux with whom he had seven children.
From 1923 to 1927 he was directing magazine advertising pages for the Renault car company. In 1927 he was assigned the color page of the magazine L’Illustration for June 14 issue.

He worked for couturier Paul Poiret in 1928. He signed several commercials under the pseudonym “Wurci directory of luxury Pan”, for industries and luxury shops. Later he worked for Poiret’s ABC magazine.

In the 1930s, he illustrated the program for the Monte Carlo Rally and a poster PLM Juan les Pins-Antibes.

In the 1940s he participated in Workshop 4, rue Georges Berger in Paris, illustrated the work of R. Hervouin “Guynemer legendary hero” (1944) and the works of P. Riber, “The weighted” and “Open arrow” (1945) and the “Colomba” editions of Mérimée Barry (1946). In 1948 he worked as Painter for the French Army.

In the 1950s he decorated the first Caravelle (1957) and A Gallery Cathedral for the Royal Rue Royale. (1958)

In the 1960s he designed decorations for the Boeing 707. He visited Algeria to serve in a company of infantry in Great Kabylie (1960). He designed the statue of monumental Sacred Heart Chapel Saint-Pierre (crypt) (1960). He designed the official program of the Cannes Film Festival (1967).

In the 1970s Robert moved to Saint-Aubin-Château-Neuf  after restoration of a former abandoned road. The lane is now “Falcucci alley” (1970).

In the 1980’s, as Painter of the  French Army, Robert was selected to create the cover of the official program of the national holiday on 14 July (1982). He was the Painter of Light. The Basilica of St. Pius X in Lourdes (Hautes-Pyrenees) is decorated with a set of gémmaux made from his models (1985).

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