An Inventory of his Records and Photographs, 1927-1967
|Creator:||Josset, Raoul, 1899-1957|
|Title:||Raoul Josset (1899-1957) Archival records and photographs, Public Art Commissions|
|Abstract:||Josset (1899-1957) was a French sculptor who immigrated to the United States in the late 1920s, lived in northern Texas and worked with Dallas architect Donald Nelson. The collection includes correspondence, personal papers, office files, job files, professional association material, newspaper clippings, printed material (together measuring 2.5 linear feet) and 206 photographs document Josset's career as a sculptor from 1927-1967.|
|Identification:||JOS 1986008; 2007005. Received as part of the Donald Nelson collection|
|Quantity:|| 2.5 linear feet of manuscript material, 206 photographs, 22 negatives|
|Language:||Materials are in English.|
|Repository:||Alexander Architectural Archives,
The University of Texas at Austin.|
The following paragraphs are excerpts from Raoul Josset's (1899-1957) obituary, written by Jack Sheridan in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. The clipping is undated. Josset died on June 29, 1957 and one would assume that it was printed in a timely manner.
"...Raoul Josset was born in France and received his early training at the Beaux Arts School, the Lycee of Lyons and Paris and studied under the noted Antoine Bourdelle. In his working time in France he created more than 15 memorials between 1920 and 1926. It was then that he turned his eyes to the United States.
In 1933 he executed two 45-foot Indians in grey granite for the pylons of the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge in Vincennes, Ind. There were two major works in Chicago the following year. He then came to Texas where he created the Statues of the Spirit of the Centennial, 16 feet high; the statues of the United States, France and Mexico, all 20 feet in cast stone, made for the Texas Centennial which stand in pride today in State Fair Park.
Much of Josset's finest work can be viewed in Texas. The superb Refugio Memorial to Captain King, standing 30 feet in bronze and granite; the statue at Washington on the Brazos, bronze statue of George Childress, eight feet; the Goliad Memorial, 30 feet in granite; and 20 bronze plaques for Texas counties.
There is a Josset masterwork at Lavaca where the 30-foot statue of Cavalier de la Salle in granite has been hailed as one of his finest.
Thousands of Texans and out-of-state visitors have marveled at the stone bas-relief 75 feet by 7 feet high, representing the Construction of the Temple of Solomon for the Waco Grand Lodge Masonic Temple.
In 1940-1943 he executed a bronze statue of Gen. Lafayette which stands on the Esplanade of the Philadelphia Museum of Fine Arts. This work was commissioned as the result of Josset's winning a national competition. In the competition for the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. Josset often remarked with a rueful smile, "I ran second."
Prizes and distinguished honors come to the little Frenchman who became an American citizen in 1934 and a Texan not so long after that. He was made an Associate Member of the National Academy of Design in 1954, one of the highest honors to be bestowed on an artist in the United States. He was awarded the Rome Prize in 1923; the Prix Paris in 1924-25-26.
Speaking of art in his adopted state Josset once said: `There is so much development to be done in Texas with fine arts. There is money and enthusiasm here and the people know what they want. Instead of grotesque fads in art that are so unfortunately present in much of
today's work, Texans seek things with meaning and simple beauty for their homes and their appreciation. They choose with an eye of permanence, thinking in terms of years, generations, maybe forever.'
Those who know his St. Francis are moved by the deep simplicity of the work. The bowed head and the flow of the saint's robe symbolize the soft, gentle nature of St. Francis. There is overall the power of the purity of lines that is at once an invitation and the reception of renewed strength.
`Purity of line is the most important thing,' Josset said. `In all forms of sculpture preceding the Gothic period there were magnificent works, true. They were monumental, proud and solid representations of the individual gods. It was the Gothic who brought the purity of line to their work. It was the Gothic who taught the stone to pray."
This much for the greatness of the artist and his accomplishments. What of the man himself? Josset was a small man, his hair curly and his face somewhat like that of a mischievous cherub. As he talked in his rapid French accent, his hands constantly engaged in the interplay of punctuation. He was a man proud of his work, not vain and boastful, but sure and dedicated. He loved to tell stories of his amours. His laugh was infectious and his delight in a good audience knew no bounds. In a way, he was like a kind of Don Camillo, saintly in a manner with a dash of Gallic earthiness to spice the world around him.
The last time I saw Raoul Josset was during an after-opera gathering in a home in Dallas in May. There were only a few guests present in a large room. At the end of the room was a slightly raised platform on which stood a grand piano. Someone was playing the piano that night and Raoul, already a sick man, was persuaded to get up on the little stage and sing a French song. That he did. He sang and danced a little step as he sang. The song was "Madelon."
I'll never hear "Madelon" again so long as I live that the image of a great artist and a good, warm friend will not be comfortingly vivid and live at my side.
Life has many trials and vexations and a few honest privileges. It has been an honor personally to have known Raoul Josset as a friend; Texas has been privileged to receive the fruits of his artistry to hold for all time in heritage."
Correspondence, personal papers, office files, job files, professional association material, newspaper clippings, printed material (together measuring 2.5 linear feet), 206 photographs, 22 negatives, and 3 models document the career of sculptor, Raoul Josset (1899-1957). The record group covers the period from 1927 to 1967. Information about Josset's sculpture, including correspondence, job files and the photographs constitute the bulk of the material.
Correspondence both personal and business recounts Josset's struggle to promote the art of sculpture in his adopted country.
Job files consist of client correspondence, receipts, sketches and newspaper clippings. These files illustrate the creative process of the sculptures Josset produced.
The photograph series contains a few portraits of Raoul Josset but the majority of the images show his sculptural works including some of his more important commissions such as sculptures and memorials for the Texas Centennial, a bas relief for the Masonic Grand Lodge Temple in Waco and the statue of General Lafayette in Philadelphia. Models include a Hockey Player and two busts of Edgar A. Poe.
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|This collection is indexed under the following headings in the University of Texas Online Catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.|
|Josset, Raoul, 1899-1957--Archives.|
|Texas Centennial (1936: Dallas, Tex.)--Sculpture.|
|Goliad Memorial (Texas)|
|LaGrange Memorial (Texas)|
|Refugio Memorial to Captain King (Texas)|
|Construction of the Temple of Solomon (Waco, Tex.)--Bas-relief.|
|Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier marquis de, 1757-1834--Statues--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia.|
Raoul Josset (1899-1957) Archival records and photographs, 1927-1967, Public Art Commissions, the Alexander Architectural Archives, the General Libraries, the University of Texas at Austin
Nancy Sparrow, April 1993.
Other Finding Aids
Unpublished inventory in Archive.
Commission of Control for Texas Centennial Celebration. Monuments Commemorating the Centenary of Texas Independence. Austin: Steck Company Publishers, 1939.
Crocker, Elisabeth. "Dallas Will Have New Josset Work." Dallas Journal (March 2, 1938): p. 7.
Dillon, Dennis. Dallas Architecture 1936-1986. Dallas: Texas Monthly Press, 1985.
[Obituary]. Dallas Morning News (June 30, 1957): p. 1.
Sheridan, Jack. "Sculptor Executes Work of St. Francis of Assisi." Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (January 30, 1955): p. 7.
Sheridan, Jack. "Texas Mourns Tragic Loss of Raoul Josset, Sculptor." Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (July 21, 1957): p. 15.
Smith, Priscilla. "The Texas Centennial Itself is an Embodiment of Fine Art." Art Digest (June 1, 1936): p. 26.
Detailed Description of the Collection
The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.
Series A : Correspondence
|The Correspondence series contains sub series for personal correspondence, business correspondence, posthumous correspondence, and correspondence with Josset's assistant Jose Martin. Both personal and business correspondence recounts Josset's struggle to promote the art of sculpture in his adopted country. Files are arranged in chronological order.|
Series A1 : Personal Correspondence
|1||1||Correspondence, undated |
|2||March 14, 1927-1947 |
|5||1956- June 19, 1957 |
Series A2 : Business Correspondence
|1||6||Correspondence, undated |
|7||December 16, 1936-1948 |
|12||1957-July 8, 1957 |
Series A3 : Posthumous Correspondence about Josset
|1||13||Correspondence, undated |
|14||1957-1967 (includes notes about Josset written by Jose Martin to Donald Nelson) |
Series A4 : Correspondence by Jose Martin (Josset's assistant)
|1||15||Two letters to Donald Nelson concerning the addition of plaques to the Grand Lodge Masonic Temple in Waco, and one watercolor |
Series B : Personal Papers
|The Personal Papers series consists of writings, sketches, official papers, biographical information, and financial documents.|
|1||16||Josset's Musings (similar to journal entries) |
|18||Naturalization Papers, Marriage License, Will |
|5||1||National Academy of Design certificate |
|1||19||Biographical Information, including obituaries and a fold-out with reproductions of Josset's sculpture and a description of those works [1 of 2] |
|20||Biographical Information, including obituaries [2 of 2] |
|2||1||Information for Who's Who entry |
|2||Nutritional Information |
|3||Income Tax Information 1950, 1952-1954 |
|4||Income Tax Information 1956 |
|5||Bills and receipts [1 of 2] |
|6||Bills and receipts [2 of 2] |
Series C : Office Files
|The Office Files series includes material that support the running of an architectural office, such as address books, business cards and stationary, exhibition material, and references to companies.|
|2||7||Addresses [1 of 2] |
|8||Addresses [2 of 2] |
|9||Business cards, stationary |
|12||Exhibitions - 3rd International Exhibition of Sculpture (1949) |
|13||Instructions for plaster casting |
|14||Labels for Sculptures |
|15||New York Medallic Art Co. |
Series D : Job Files
|Job files consist of client correspondence, photographs, receipts, sketches and newspaper clippings. These files illustrate the creative process of the sculptures Josset produced.|
|3||1||[Unidentified] includes 8×10 photograph |
|2||Cavelier de la Salle, Lavaca |
|3||Christ and the Woman at the Well of Samaria |
|4||Discus Thrower |
|5||Edgar Allen Poe Head |
|6||Erastus Deaf Smith Statue, Hereford |
|7||George Childress, Washington |
|8||Lafayette, Philadelphia [1 of 2] |
|9||Lafayette, Philadelphia [2 of 2] |
|10||LaGrange Memorial |
|11||Memorial Masonic Grand Lodge Temple, Waco |
|12||Park Cities Baptist Church, Dallas |
|13||Rayburn Library, Bonham |
|14||St. Francis of Assisi (Mrs. W.D. Green) |
|15||St. Francis of Assisi (Mrs. W.D. Green) |
|16||St. Francis of Assisi (E.J. Muth) |
|17||Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children |
|18||Shot putter |
|19||Texas Centennial |
|20||Texas Centennial - Sam Houston statue |
|21||Ula Girl |
|22||William D. Green Jr. Memorial Park, Wilson |
Series E Professional Associations
|The Professional Associations series contains documents reflecting associations associated with the arts.|
|3||23||American Federation of Arts |
|24||National Academy of Design |
|25||National Sculpture Society |
Series F : Clippings
|The Clippings series contains files of clippings dated from 1942 to 1957.|
|4||1||Clippings, undated |
|2||November 1942- August 1957 |
Series G : Printed Material
|The Printed Material series contains publications including journals, Congressional Records, the Texas Centennial Central Exposition illumination, and arts supplies lists.|
|4||3||Alexander's Sculptural Supply (price list) |
|4||Art Digest; June 1, 1936 |
|6||Congressional Record |
|7||European Affairs, no. 11 |
|8||Illumination of Texas Centennial Central Exposition |
|9||M. Martini: importer of finest Italian sculpting, modeling, and ceramic steel tools (price list) |
|10||Official Guide: Book of the Fair, 1933 [Chicago World's Fair] |
|11||Painters in Oil - Abbreviated Biographies |
Series H : Photographs
|The Photographs series includes two subgroups: Personal Photographs and Project Photographs. The Personal Photographs subgroup contains a few portraits of Raoul Josset. The majority of the images are found in the Project Photographs subgroup which show his sculptural works including some of his more important commissions such as sculptures and memorials for the Texas Centennial, a bas relief for the Masonic Grand Lodge Temple in Waco and the statue of General Lafayette in Philadelphia. Project photographs are arranged in alphabetical order by project name.|
|5||2||[Damaged photographs] |
Series H1 : Personal Photographs
|5||3||Unidentified people and pets |
|4||Family photographs originally filed with letters from Raymond Josset (brother) |
|5||Passport Photographs - Raoul Josset |
Series H2 : Project Photographs
|5||6||Unidentified Project Photographs |
|7||Cameron County Memorial |
|8||Cavelier de la Salle Memorial, Lavaca |
|9||Cavelier de la Salle Memorial, Lavaca |
|10||Cavelier de la Salle Memorial, Lavaca |
|11||Cavelier de la Salle Memorial, Lavaca |
|12||Cavelier de la Salle Memorial, Lavaca |
|13||Cavelier de la Salle Memorial, Lavaca |
|14||Christ of Jussey, Aisne, France |
|15||Christ in Church of Roupy, Aisne, France |
|16||Commemorative Monument [War Memorial 1914-1918], Fours, France |
|17||Dancing Girl |
|18||Discus thrower |
|19||Diving Girl |
|20||Diving Girl |
|21||Dog and Deer |
|22||Excelsior, New York World's Fair |
|23||George Childress, Washington |
|24||George Childress, Washington |
|25||George Childress, Washington |
|26||George Childress, Washington |
|27||George Rogers Clark Memorial, Vincennes, Ind. |
|28||George Rogers Clark Memorial, Vincennes, Ind. |
|29||George Rogers Clark Memorial, Vincennes, Ind. |
|30||George Rogers Clark Memorial, Vincennes, Ind. |
|31||George Rogers Clark Memorial, Vincennes, Ind. |
|32||Goliad Memorial, Goliad |
|33||Goliad Memorial, Goliad |
|34||Goliad Memorial, Goliad |
|35||Ice Hockey Player "The Goalie" |
|36||Ice Hockey Player "The Goalie" |
|37||Ice Hockey Player "The Goalie" |
|38||Ice Hockey Player "The Goalie" |
|39||Lafayette, Philadelphia |
|40||Lafayette (not by Josset) |
|41||LaGrange Memorial |
|42||LaGrange Memorial |
|43||LaGrange Memorial |
|44||LaGrange Memorial |
|45||LaGrange Memorial |
|6||1||MacKenzie Trail Memorial, Plainview |
|2||MacKenzie Trail Memorial, Plainview |
|3||MacKenzie Trail Memorial, Plainview |
|4||MacKenzie Trail Memorial, Plainview |
|5||Madonna and Child |
|6||Madonna and Child |
|7||Memorial Masonic Grand Lodge Temple, Waco |
|8||Montague County Memorial |
|9||Monument of the Dead [War Memorial 1914-1918] Aisne, France |
|10||Refugio Memorial |
|11||Refugio Memorial |
|12||Refugio Memorial |
|13||Refugio Memorial |
|14||Refugio Memorial |
|13||Refugio Memorial |
|15||Refugio Memorial |
|16||Refugio Memorial |
|17||St. Francis of Assisi (Green) |
|18||St. Francis of Assisi (Muth) |
|19||Shelby County Plaque |
|20||Shot putter |
|21||Shot Putter |
|22||Shot Putter |
|24||Texas Centennial Fair Park - buildings |
|25||Texas Centennial Fair Park - [Statue of] Sam Houston |
|26||Texas Centennial Fair Park - [Statue of] France |
|27||Texas Centennial Fair Park - [Statue of] France |
|28||Texas Centennial Fair Park - [Statue of] France |
|29||Texas Centennial Fair Park - [Statue of] Mexico |
|30||Texas Centennial Fair Park - [Statue of the] Spirit of the Centennial |
|31||Texas Centennial Fair Park - [Statue of the] Spirit of the Centennial |
|32||Texas Centennial Fair Park - [Statue of the] Spirit of the Centennial |
|33||Texas Centennial Fair Park - [Statue of the] Spirit of the Centennial |
|34||Texas Centennial Fair Park - [Statue of the] Spirit of the Centennial |
|35||Texas Centennial Fair Park - [Statue of] the United States |
|36||Texas Centennial Fair Park - [Statue of] the United States |
|37||Texas Centennial Fair Park - [Statue of] the United States |
|38||Ula girl |
|39||Ula girl |
|40||Ula girl |
|41||Washington, George (not by Josset). Originally filed with the Lafayette Job File. |
Series I : Models
|The Models series contains two subjects: an ice hockey goalie and Edgar Allen Poe.|
|Ice Hockey Player "The Goalie" |
|Two Edgar Allen Poe busts |