Fernand PY

Denis Fernand Py, known as Fernand Py, was born on January 10, 1887 in Versailles and died on September 1, 1949 in Auxerre. He is a sculptor, medalist in direct size. He is mainly known for his religious statues in wood and ivory, his nativity scenes and his medals. Around 1908, he began carving on ivory. In 1920, he joined and worked with “L’Arche”, a group of Christian artists, founded in 1917. In 1921, he came to live in Monéteau (Sommeville). In 1922 he exhibited at the Salon d’Automne, in 1923 at the Salon des Indépendants, and in 1924 at the Salon des Artistes Decorateurs. Until the end of his life he trained apprentices (Michel Lasserre, François Brochet, etc.).