Henri SalingardesHenri Salingardes
Salingardes, Henri (1872-1947), France
BiographyHenri Salingardes was born in the Aveyron region of France, where his parents had a small restaurant. He worked as a barber in his native town, then in Paris. In 1922 he bought a small hotel in a village in the Tarn and at the same time dealt in antiques; his establishment acted as a warehouse for the old furniture and objects that he restored.
At the age of 64, using cement, he started to make small medallions in relief with a background stamped with leaf impressions. He pigmented the cement with powdered ochre in various shades and sometimes enhanced his creations with a shard of glass, a touch of paint or a bit of rabbit skin.
He hung the finished works on his hotel walls. The elements he depicted were birds, human figures and anthropomorphic beings.
Henri Salingardes devoted himself to this production for seven years, then ceased all activity in 1943 as a result of a railway accident which necessitated the amputation of one of his legs.