- About Albuisson
- Awards Won (MOF)
- France 2006-2010
- Monaco 1986-1989
- Monaco 2006-2010
Overseas Domains &
- New Caledonia
- TAAF 1997-2000
- TAAF 2001-2005
- TAAF 2006-2010
- The Author
At two occasions, in 1979 and 1986, Pierre Albuisson has been awarded the
prestigious French medal "Skilled French Craftsmen" in the category
"Copper and Steel Engravings".
On this page are shown the works he
entered for the competition. In the public French opinion this decoration is
considered the Number-One.
For his first medal in 1979, Albuisson has made this
lovely engraving on a copper plate "The Lady with the Ermine"
after a painting by the Italian Renaissance painter Leonardo da
Vinci. The engraving is done with burin in the format 12,3 * 16,7
A lovely work that renders fully the soft beauty of the
original work by da Vinci, originally painted c. 1483-1485. Polish
National Museum in Krakow.
I have chosen to show the work small size, in order to
give an impression of the size of the final work. Click
here for a close-up of the engraving. The link will open in a new
about Leonardo da Vinci, and see a selection of his works reproduced
The below presentation of Cardinal de Richelieu shows two
different engravings by Pierre Albuisson, entered for the competition 1986,
engraved in steel and copper-plate, respectively. The difference between the two
engravings is visible with the naked eye. Both scans are by Pierre Albuisson,
and have not been edited in a graphic editor. The one on the left (steel
engraving) appears much "sharper" than the copper engraving on the
Portrait of Cardinal de Richelieu, after a painting by Philippe
de Champaigne.(1602-1674), born in Brussels (Belgium). The two engravings
vary considerably in size, the steel engraving being the smallest.
(Left) Steel engraving with burin, format 2,5 * 4 cm.
(Right) Copper engraving with burin, format 10,4 * 16,4
To conclude this page, I would like to quote the words by M.
Serge Vinçon, taken from the work "Savoir faire du bijou, oeuvres des
Meilleurs Ouvriers de France." The French text is shown on the right,
scanned from the mentioned book.
Work is Life
The term "(art) work" goes well with the term
"craftsman", leading to "the best". The art will
eventually pass from being an everyday work to the domain of the immense,
also known as creativity.
Whether you are chaser, sculptor, engraver, goldsmith, jeweler,
or stone-setter, you are artists, you are those who know how to combine
patience with learning, and partner's audacity with master's obligations.
The master never knows, he always learns, always in touch with his pupils
as well as the search for beauty and purity. The imagination needs hands
to transform an idea, the idea that is enlightened by the spirit and the
rays of light.
How much time does it take to make a work which one would
consider The Best of Skilled French Workers?
Although this question
burns our lips, it makes no sense to ask, because patience determines the
time needed, as well as precision of movements determines the revelation
of a shape. The talent does the rest, knowing that it is as much the child
of the hand as of the intelligence. I cannot imagine that the approach to beauty is not guided
by a strong spirituality.
The high rise of an art work towards perfection merits a recognition on the
chest of Cité de l'Or, whose goal it is to marry the sun with the night, the
moon with the day, much the same way the flame of the blowtorch encircles the
metal. To make this possible, by the alchemy of will and the fusion of
competence, is the achievement of the Skilled Workers of France, an achievement
to imitate for immortalizing their genius for centuries to come. Signed
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