Jan and Joël Martel

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The twins Jan and Joël Martel (born March 5, 1896 in Nantes , France , † 1966 ) were sculptors , designers and interior decorators .

Her work ranges from sculptures, monuments and fountains in the style of Art Deco or Cubism to interior fittings for villas in the 1920s. Both shared a studio and designed their work together. It was also signed together with MARTEL . In addition to taking part in exhibitions at the Salon des Indépendants , the Salon d'Automne and the Salon des Tuileries in Paris, the Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et industriels modern from 1925 in Paris, they designed a monument to Claude Debussy in 1932, for example .

From 1924 to 1926 the French architect Robert Mallet-Stevens built a studio house for the brothers (10 rue Mallet-Stevens, Paris , 16th arrondissement ). The shared studio was on the ground floor. Much of her work can still be found in the villa , which is open to visitors on the annual Memorial Day . Numerous bronze sculptures are still traded at auctions today .

They both died six months apart in 1966, one from a long illness and the other from an accident.

Works (selection)

  • Buste de Robert Bizot
  • La Belette
  • Nu
  • Ange à la trompette
  • Le Coq Chantant
  • Moineau, Bec Ouvert
  • Voiture de Course
  • Joueur de Polo
  • "Paris", Saint Christophe
  • Pigeon mandarin
  • Le Commandant Guilbaut
  • Oiseau Perché
  • Maquette du Grand Miroir Polyédrique
  • Femme à la Rose
  • L'Accordioniste
  • Locomotive en marche , aluminum on a wooden base 1931.
  • Monument au maréchal Leclerc

A show by Jan et Joël Martel took place in Saint Jean-de-Monts / La Roche-sur-Yon, France.


  • Biography Joël et Jan Martel, sculpteur, 1896 - 1966 . Gallimard / Electra Éditeur, Paris 1996, ISBN 2-07-015032-1 .

Individual evidence

  1. ^ The canon of the billionaire heir in Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung of March 27, 2011, page 57