BIOGRAPHY

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Iché in November 1953 in his Montparnasse studio in Paris

Selected dates

1897 

Born in Sallèles-d'Aude (France) where his father is a pharmacist.

1900

Her younger sister Reine dies of typhoid fever.

1902

Birth of his sister Régine.

1904

Suicide of his maternal grandfather Lucien Maillet, winegrower in Ouveillan.

1905-1908

Following the consequences of wine crisis, all his paternal uncles, aunts and cousins moved to Paris.

 

1908-1915

Iché becomes a boarder at the elite high school Lycée de Carcassonne, a former Jesuit institution.

First portraits and landscapes in pastel and oil painting.

1915

Cheated on his age to join the Hussars. Obtains the Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Science.

1916

Fighting at Verdun with the 60th Infantry Regiment. First Military Citation for Bravery.

1917

Military trained as a senior officer in Saint-Cyr ( Uncle Sam promotion). Meets Guillaume Apollinaire and frequents poetry circles. Second Military Citation for intelligence mission.

Briefly begins medical studies at the Faculty of Montpellier.

1918

Wounded and gassed. Began law studies.

1919

Settles permanently in Paris, first at his aunt's house, then in a hotel on Rue Jacob. Attends literary and artistic circles and tries his hand at journalism.

1920

Graduated in law, Iché is recruited by Department of Merchant Marine.

1921

Links to American artists, he discover sculpture in Antoine Bourdelle's studio. 

1922

Resigned from the administration against the advice of his family. Settles in a studio at 33 rue Dutôt, not far from Jane Poupelet's studio.

1923

First participation at the Salon des Indépendants. The day of the opening, his work Forfaiture is censored by the police for "indecency" shortly before the arrival of the President of the Republic.

1925

His project The War to Canet-d'Aude was rejected for pacifism.

1927

Execute the Ouveillan War Memorial.

1928

Marries her model Rosa Achard, known as Renée.

1930

Birth of their daughter Hélène.

1931

First solo exhibition at the Zborowski Gallery in Paris.

1932

Recognizes Rosa's daughter, Laurence, and gives her name. Stays in Provence and begins the production of personal medals.

1934

Solo exhibition at the Galerie du Portique in Paris.

1935

Receives a special mention from the Viking Prize for the Counterflower.

1937

Sculpts Guernica in April and designs several works for the International Exhibition of Arts and Techniques in Paris.

1939

Participates in the exhibition Contemporary French Art at the New York World's Fair.

1940

Disbarred from the army, Iché is sent back to his home.

In the summer, Iché joins the Resistance within the Museum of Man's network.

1942

Joined the Cohors network founded by his friend Jean Cavaillès.

Clandestine bronze casting of The Torn to offer it to General de Gaulle in London.

1944

Participates at the "Salon d'Automne de la Libération" with The Torn and The Wrestlers.

1948

Participates in the French Pavilion of the Venice Biennale.

Created the Monument to the Hostages in Puiseaux and the Monument to the Resistance in Carcassonne.

1949

Founded the National Union of Sculptors.

1953

Solo exhibition at Galerie Berheim-Jeune.

Obtains the Grand Prix des Beaux-arts de la Ville de Paris (Paris' city prize of Fine arts).

1954

Receives the commission for the Auschwitz Martyrs' Monument.

Dies in Paris.