Max Ingrand (1908 – 1969) French artist and decorator

Max Ingrand featured image
Max Ingrand featured image

Maurice Max-Ingrand, better known as Max Ingrand (1908–1969), was a French artist and decorator, known for his work in studio glass and his stained glass windows.

Education

He studied under Jacques Grüber and Charles Lemaresquier at the École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts and the École nationale supérieure des arts décoratifs. In 1931, he married Paulette Rouquié (1910–1997). In 1931, he and his wife displayed their glass etching creations at the 21st Société des artistes décorateurs.

Biography

Ingrand started creating stained glass windows after receiving personal commissions. He created his first church windows for Sainte-Agnès in Maisons-Alfort and took part in the 1937 design of Notre-Dame de Paris. He was enlisted in the military in 1939 and captured by the Nazis at Hoyerswerda in May 1940. Only in 1945 did he escape captivity and return. He married Marie-Alberte Madre-Rey, with whom he had two children, after divorcing his first wife in 1946. He was given the job of replacing 47 of Notre Dame de Paris’s stained glass windows after World War II.

In 1936 the French artist Max Ingrand executed a series of allegorical stained-glass windows which made a lasting impression on Gio Ponti, the founder of Fontana Arte. It has been attributed to Ponti’s influence that, 18 years later, Ingrand was made Artistic Director of the company. The asymmetrical element incorporated into the shaft of this c.1938 floor light anticipates Ingrand’s postwar designs.

Max Ingrand, rare floor lamp. Brass, ebonized walnut wood, brass casting, curved and ground satin glass.
Max Ingrand, rare floor lamp. Brass, ebonized walnut wood, brass casting, curved and ground satin glass. 

In 1968, he won the presidency of the Association Française de l’Éclairage, the French scouting organisation. In 1968, he established Verre Lumière, one of the first businesses to manufacture halogen lamps.

Churches

Ingrand created numerous church stained glass windows during the late 1940s to 1960s (in some cases replacing windows that had been destroyed in World War II) including;

  • windows in Pontoise Cathedral (1955),
  • Strasbourg Cathedral (1956),
  • the chapels of Château de Blois (1957),
  • Château d’Amboise,
  • Château de Chenonceau and Château de Caen,
  • Saint-Pierre de Yvetot (at 1046 m² the largest stained glass window in Europe),
  • Saint-Pierre de Montmartre, Rouen Cathedral, Beauvais Cathedral, Saint-Malo Cathedral, Tours Cathedral, Church of the Jacobins, Münster Cathedral (1961),
  • Liège Cathedral (1968), São Paulo Cathedral,
  • St. Mary of the Woods Catholic Church in Chicago (1966),
  • Washington National Cathedral (with Claude Serre), Cathedral of the Risen Christ (Lincoln, Nebraska) (1964),
  • St. Dominic Church in San Francisco, the Basilica of the Annunciation, Nazareth.
Lamp by Max Ingrand
Lamp by Max Ingrand
Crystal Glass Wall Mirror by Max Ingrand, Italy, 1960s
Crystal Glass Wall Mirror by Max Ingrand, Italy, 1960s

Sources

Max Ingrand – Wikipedia. (n.d.). Max Ingrand – Wikipedia. Retrieved October 1, 2022, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Max_Ingrand

Peter Fiell, C. (2013, October 28). 1000 Lights. from https://amzn.to/3dXJr80

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    Armand Point (1861-1932) was a Symbolist painter, engraver, and designer from France, one of the Salon de la Rose + Croix founding members. Point’s first paintings were orientalist scenes of markets and musicians and scenes from his childhood in Algeria’s streets. In 1888, he moved to Paris to study under Auguste Herst and Fernand Cormon at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Read More →

  • Mauboussin – French Jewellry – Design Profile

    Mauboussin – French Jewellry – Design Profile

    Maubossin is a jewellery company in France. The original company was established in 1827 in Paris, on Rue Grenata, where it manufactured jewellery. Starting in 1903, M.B. Noury was the owner and nephew of Georges Maubossin, who had been the director of the company since 1877. Mauboussin succeeded Noury in 1923, changing the firm’s name to Maubossin. At the intersection of rue Saint-Augustin, rue de Choiseul, and rue Monsigny in Paris, at address 3 rue de Choseul, he bought two connecting houses.Read More →

  • Odilon Redon’s Classic paintings Capture Logic of Invisible

    Odilon Redon’s Classic paintings Capture Logic of Invisible

    Odilon Redon, the artist who at the age 73 outsold all but Marcel Duchamp at the 1913 Armory Show of “Modern French Art” in New York City.Read More →

  • Guillaume Saalburg French glassworker and engraver

    Guillaume Saalburg French glassworker and engraver

    Guillaume Saalburg was a French glassworker and engraver he was professionally active in Paris.   EducationRead More →

  • Hervé Van der Straeten – French Designer revives craftsmanship of the past

    Hervé Van der Straeten – French Designer revives craftsmanship of the past

    The French design world was excited by artists back in the 1930s and 1940s whoRead More →

  • 6 Diverse European Designers from last century

    6 Diverse European Designers from last century

    A diverse, eclectic and interesting selection of designers; architects, ceramicists, metal smith, interior designer. For inspiration and information;Read More →

  • Lucien Rollin designed bedroom at World Fair NY 1939

    Lucien Rollin designed bedroom at World Fair NY 1939

    Lucien Rollin was a French Designer. He designed a bedroom in the French pavilion at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. He was active in the Salons of the Société des Artistes Décorateurs – 1928-1937.Read More →

  • French Street Artist Turns Boring CIty Walls into Hyper-Realistic Scenes

    French Street Artist Turns Boring CIty Walls into Hyper-Realistic Scenes

    French artist Patrick Commecy is based in Eyzin-Pinet, France, but travels all over the countryRead More →

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