This medal commemorates the electrification of the Paris to Lyons railway line in 1950.
The medallist is Marcel Renard,
The obverse depicts an electric train travelling from left to right and "almost coming" out of the medal.
The city coat of arms of Paris & Lyons are below the train with the words "Mis en Service Paris Lyons Oct 1950" between them.
The words "Electrification Paris Lyons" are at the bottom of the obverse.
The obverse is signed "Marcel Renard"
The reverse depicts a nude male sitting looking right to left in the middle of the top with the words:
"C'est donc par ce que l'eau du Rhone passers sans chocs en ordre dans les turbines de genissiat qu'elle trainera bientot tous les trains de Paris a Lyons."
The SNCF emblem is at the bottom of the medal.
The rim is stamped "Bronze" & with the Cornucopia mark of the Monnaie de Paris.
Weight: 3.7ozs - 106gms
Diameter: 2.36ins - 6cms
He studied under his father before joining l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts Lyons where he studied under Aubert & Ploquin. He then studied at l’Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris under Rost & Boucher.
He was awarded a gold medal at the 1925 l’Exposition des Arts Decoratifs
Renard exhibited at the Salon des Artists Francais and at the Salon des Artistes Decorateurs.
He worked with Roux-Spitz & Janniot on some of their projects in Paris & Lyons and his work can be found at the Museum of Fine Arts Lyons.
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