This major sculptor was a unique personality, a little bit misanthropic but nevertheless a faithful and sincere friend to those who he valuated; all his life he has been a solitary but well cared for man.
Arrived in Paris from his native Normandy, he was the student of Navellier to who he remained strongly linked. In the workshop of rue Royer Collard, he discovered the pleasure of morphological study and living animals attitudes thanks to the menagerie that his Master had set up. He enjoyed going to the Jardin des Plantes and his strong collaboration with François Pompon, of who he was the pupil for several years, lead him to become one the founding members of the renowned “Groupe des Douze” and its permanent Secretary for the whole existence of the Group until the eve of World War II.
He soon sets free from the realistic style of Navellier to follow into the steps of Pompon, to the “essential”, i.e. the volume. But standing out from his Masters styles, he gives his animals attitudes and a personality that allows us not to confound them and that generated the admiration and respect of all, starting with Pompon himself.
Strongly inspired by birds, his Work is nevertheless very broad and diversified. He resisted the exotic trend of the 30’s to essentially devote himself to our countryside’s animals both savage or domestics. Donkeys, chickens and turkeys became as frequent his is Work, as Big Cats or monkeys.
Exhibiting member in all the major Salons since 1920, he received many State commissions and passionate collectors have followed him during his entire lifetime.
He is considered as the Inter-war period Animal sculptor who was able to stylize as Pompon with sufficient originality not to be only looked at as a student or follower of the “Pioneer style”.
Major French and Foreign museums own Charles Artus artworks : Museum of Art of Paris, Museum of Rouen, Museums of Vernon, Gien, Boulogne, Poitiers, Mont de Marsan, Philadelphia, Metropolitan Museum of New York, Museums of Tokyo, Toronto, Ottawa, Luxembourg and many others… Since he disappeared his fame has kept growing and he now belongs to the group of the greatest sculptors of his time alongside with Bugatti, Pompon, Guyot and Sandoz.