Noel Ruffier


The prolific French sculptor Noel Ruffier was born in Avignon on November 19th 1847. He studied under the painter Charles Guilbert d’Anelle before entering the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, where he studied in the studio of Auguste Dumont. Between 1878 and 1896, he showed at the Salon des artistes français, where he received honourable mention in 1883 for a plaster statue of Phrixus and the Golden Fleece.

In 1887, the State commissioned two marble busts depicting legendary figures from the Revolution - Joseph Bara and Joseph Agricol Viala - for the Prytanée National Militaire school of La Fleche. There are moderately smaller versions of each bust in plaster that belong to the lycee Gabriel-Faure in Tournon-sur-Rhone.

Ruffier went on to teacher in Choisy-le-Roi from 1881 to 1886 and in Boulogne from 1886 to 1896. From 1896 to 1904, he worked in artistic production for a tiles and bricks factory in Ecuisses. He then returned to his home town where he replaced the art teacher of the Ecole Municipale des Beaux-Arts of Avignon. After WWI, he created several monuments to those who lost their lives during the war, notably in Concoules, Les Angles, Mollégès, and Mazan. Ruffier died in Chambon on December 2nd 1921.