About the artist
Maxime Real del Sarte (Paris, 1888- Saint-Jean-de-Luz, 1954), was the son of sculptor Louis désire Real and Marie Madeleine Real del Sarte. He was the nephew of the painter Thérèse Geraldy and was also related to Georges Bizet. Maxime studied at the Ecole Nationale Supériore des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
During World War I he also served in the army and lost his left forearm at Verdun. Nevertheless, he continued to sculpt after the war and received the Grand Prix Nationale des Beaux-Arts for his work "Le premier toit" in 1921. He worked in a classical but also slightly stylized style.
He became known and received many commissions. Unable to wield the chisel himself, he hired sculptors to execute his designs exactly on his instructions. He designed more than 50 monuments.
In addition, he had an obsession for Joan of Arc, he was a very Catholic and a big follower of Joan of Arc, he even founded the organization "Compagnons de Jeanne d'Arc". He was also politically active and a member of the royalist organization "Camelots du Roi", together with Philippe d'Orleans, the Duke of Guise and the Count of Paris. He immortalized Joan of Arc many times (11x) and called himself her servant.