Artist biography

Emile Gilioli 1911-1977

School of Paris sculptor, etcher and tapestry-designer. Born in Paris, but brought up by his grandparents at Reggiolo in Italy. Learnt there the trade of blacksmith and returned to France in 1928. Studied at evening courses at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs, Nice, 1929-30 and from 1931 at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Lived 1940-5 at Grenoble; executed several war memorials and figures for churches in the region, and began to adopt a more simplified and Expressionist style influenced by contemporary sculpture and ancient Egyptian art. First one-man exhibition at the Galerie Lafarge, Grenoble, 1941. Returned to Paris in 1945. Turned to abstract art c.1946 and became friendly with the abstract painters Dewasne, Deyrolle, Poliakoff and Vasarely, and with Brancusi. Began to design tapestries in 1949. Most of his abstract sculptures were in marble, onyx or polished bronze. His interest in monumental sculpture culminated in his National Monument to the Resistance on the Plateau des Glières (Haute-Savoie), inaugurated 1973. Died in Paris.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.285