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BIOGRAPHIE
1898
René Letourneur is born on 26 November in Paris.

René Letourneur bébé 1899Avec Jacques Zwobada, place des Vosges en 1928

1916
Admitted to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts where he studies under Antonin Mercié.
1917
Enlists in the army.
1918
Wounded and gassed, mentioned in dispatches, awarded the Military Cross.
1921
Definitively admitted to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in May, he studies under Jean Boucher whom he comes to admire as a teacher. He meets Jacques Zwobada. During this same period he becomes a regular participant at meetings of the Esprit group. Wins the Premier Prix Chenavard.
1922
Bronze medal at the Salon des Artistes Français.
1925
Gold medal at the Exhibition des Art Décoratifs Industriels et de la Vie Moderne.
1926
In July, wins the Premier Grand Prix de Rome for sculpture at his first "montée en loge" (detailed sketch under exam conditions). He leaves for Rome in November where he resides at the Villa Médicis until 1930.
1929
State commission for a copy of the large bust of Pope Paul III in polychrome marble, still conserved at the Palais Farnèse in Rome. In December, a jury chaired by Maillol awards Letourneur and his friend, Zwobada, first prize for a monument to Simon Bolivar in Quito (Ecuador). This project would take three years to complete, during which time they build a large studio in Fonteny-aux-Roses.
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INTERVIEW René Letourneur France Culture - Mémoire du Siècle - une émission de Georges Metra