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Etienne Audfray

AudfrayEtienne AUDFRAY, sculptor, is born 10 the March 1922, in Combrée (Maine-et-Loire). He has a grandfather and an uncle painters whose names appear today in Bénézit.

His Father, organist, he inherits the taste beautiful, the direction of the harmonious form. With precise graphics of the cartography (its first work), which encloses it in static stresses and cold, it prefers the spontaneousness of art.
Very young person it is devoted to the sculpture. He will be the pupil of Pétersen, Séverec, Joachim, of the Masters who will be able to stimulate his undeniable talent.
In 1959, it enters to the town council of the Bry-on-Marne, is elected mayor in 1965, then Conseiller general in 1982. Art and the policy became for him the two components of the same passion, one which pushes it towards the research of the sculptural beauty, magnifiée in its statuary, the other which involves it towards the multiple tasks of communal management with, in point of organ, research continues enrichment of the city from which it guides its destiny.
He writes: ?The city must be the privileged place where the community opens out and not that where it is dehumanized?.
Further it affirms: ?The Culture is necessary in the city. It is expressed various ways, there is much of it which are directly accessible. The sculpture is, sometimes fortunately, of these?.

President of the ?National Company of the Art schools?, member of the ?Salon of the French Artists?, a money medal, in 1981, will come to honor the sculptor.
January 10, 1982, with the hands of the President of Senate POHER, it receives the Cross of Knight of the National Order of Merit for its work of administrator to the service of the city.

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