Joel and Jan Martel
Joel and Jan Martel were born in Nantes, France on March 5, 1896. Twins,
the Martel brothers shared a studio and cosigned the works that they
conceived together. Their work is extremely varied. They were sculptors
of large monuments; they decorated villas; they also created sculptures
of figures and animals among other things. There work is cubist in nature.
They exhibited in Paris, in the Salon des Indépendants, the Salon
des Tuileries, and the Salon d’Automne. They also participated
in l’Exposition des Art Décoratifs in 1925, as well as
in the first three Salons Musicalistes, 1932-33. There was also an exhibition
that was organized for their 100th anniversary of their birth in 1996
in the Hotel de Ville de Boulogne-Billancourt, the Musée Despiau-Wlérick
in Mont-de-Marsan, and the Musée d’Art et d’Industrie
The Martel brothers also created a number of monuments, fountains, and
reliefs for different cities. This includes a monument to the great
French composer and musician Claude Debussy.
They died in 1966 six months apart, one after struggling with a long
illness and the other as a result of an accident.