Henri Delcambre

Henri Delcambre was born on December 17, 1911 in Marquise, a small town located between Calais and Boulogne, in Pas-de-Calais.

From his youth, Delcambre showed remarkable artistic talents which was expressed in his sculptures.

In 1935, he decided to terminate his professional career and to purchase what he has been dreaming for. He left for Paris and studied at the School of Decorative Arts.

His financial situation soon became difficult. He had to deal with all his expenses by doing what he called “odd jobs” without any connection with his original training, nor with the talents he wanted to develop. It was during this period that he met Jacqueline Vaffier who become the companion of his life and his wife until she died in 1996.

Not only Jacqueline Vaffier shared her life but she was also his muse and his model. As a painter, she was a teacher of drawing in public education.

Henri Delcambre was mobilized during the second war to the African Cavalry in Algeria.

Back in France, Delcambre moved to 7 Rue Daguerre in the 14th arrondissement in a small workshop on the first floor courtyard. Being an unknown sculptor, he began his career there in a difficult situation, but his passion for sculpture never ceased. Even in this difficult period, he was happy to be able to express himself through his sculptures.

He created his works starting from the clay that was covered with wet cloths between two work sessions to always keep the malleability.

After several exhibitions and his first sales, he was able to move to a new studio which was a very important step for him. In 1957, he moved to the Cité Fleurie, 65 boulevard Arago in the 14th arrondissement. He found a vast workshop on the ground floor there, with a very beautiful light coming from a double vertical and horizontal canopy. He was able to create large sculptures in the new studio

He escaped from Paris during the summer months to spend time with friends, especially with the painter Desnoyer in Sète. It was the privileged moments of inspiration for Delcambre. Many of his works were named by the places that he visited.

The death of his wife in 1996 was a terrible pain for him. He shared with her all the stages of his life as a sculptor. It took him many months before he could resume his creation “passionated but not with complete happiness,” he wrote. However, he continued his work and melted many bronzes. He worked in his studio until his last moments in  2003.

With perseverance and stubbornness, without ever deviating from the road that he had set for himself from an early age, he produced a remarkable number of work s comprising more than three hundred sculptures, busts and bas-reliefs, as well as set of over a thousand drawings in chinese ink.


Henri Delcambre於1911年12月17日出生在位於Pas-de-Calais的Calais和Boulogne之間的小鎮Marquise。 從他年輕時起,德爾坎布爾展示了他的雕塑中表現出的傑出藝術才華。 1935年,他決定終止他的職業生涯併購買他夢寐以求的東西。他前往巴黎,在裝飾藝術學院學習。 他的財務狀況很快變得困難。他不得不通過做他所謂的“零工”與他原來的訓練沒有任何联係來處理他所有的開支,也沒有他想要發展的才能。正是在這段時間裡,他遇到了杰奎琳·瓦菲爾(Jacqueline Vaffier),他成為了自己生命的伴侶和妻子,直到1996年去世。 不僅Jacqueline Vaffier分享了她的生活,而且她也是他的繆斯和他的模特。作為一名畫家,她是一名吸引公共教育的老師。 Henri Delcambre在第二次戰爭期間被動員到阿爾及利亞的非洲騎兵隊。 回到法國後,Delcambre搬到了第14區的7 Rue Daguerre,在一樓庭院的一個小作坊裡。作為一個不知名的雕塑家,他在困難的情況下開始了他的職業生涯,但他對雕塑的熱情從未停止過。即使在這個困難時期,他也很高興能夠通過他的雕塑來表達自己。 他從兩次工作期間用濕布覆蓋的粘土開始創作他的作品,始終保持可塑性。 經過幾次展覽和他的第一次銷售,他能夠搬到一個新工作室,這對他來說是非常重要的一步。 1957年,他搬到了第14區阿拉戈大道65號的CitéFleurie。他在那裡的一樓找到了一個巨大的工作室,一個非常美麗的燈光來自雙垂直和水平的頂篷。他能夠在新工作室創作大型雕塑 他在夏季從巴黎逃出來與朋友共度時光,尤其是在塞特的畫家Desnoyer。這是Delcambre靈感的特權時刻。他的許多作品都是以他訪問過的地方命名的。 1996年他的妻子去世對他來說是一個可怕的痛苦。他作為雕塑家與她分享了他生命中的所有階段。他寫道,他花了好幾個月才能恢復他的創作“熱情但沒有完全幸福”。然而,他繼續工作並融化了許多青銅器。他在他的工作室工作,直到2003年的最後時刻。 憑藉堅持不懈和頑固,從未偏離他從小就為自己設定的道路,他製作了大量的作品,包括三百多件雕塑,半身像和淺浮雕,以及一套以上的作品。中國墨水的千紙。


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