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Jan and Joël MARTEL (1896-1966)

Twin brothers, Jan et Joel Martel sculpted together all their lives in the same modern vein.  In a variety of ways, they also used a diversity of materials, both traditional and new:  to stone and wood they added cement, glass, metals and mysterious oddities including lap, galalith and “Lakarme.”

In their workshop, created by Robert Mallet-Stevens, they produced numerous sculptures. Music and dance were constant sources of inspiration for both of them.

The culmination of the work of the two artists occurred between the two world wars when the power of their work was immense. Considered among the founders of l’Union des Artistes Modernes (“Union of Modern Artists” aka UAM), the first meetings, as well as the expositions, of the UAM often took place in their workshop.

 

Collective E. BREON, Joël et Jan Martel Sculpteurs (1896-1966), Exhibition catalog, Gallimard/Electa, Paris, 1996, p. 7 to 19