Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 23, Number 02, Fall 2011 Page: 25
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Jose Martin poses beside a block of granite from
which he carved one of his sculptures.
teenage years, Martin decided he preferred work-
ing with stone instead of wood, and within him
"the desire to become a sculptor" began to grow.s
In 1912 Martin went to Paris, where he en-
rolled at the Ecole de Beaux Arts. Unfortunately,
his studies were interrupted two years later by
the outbreak of the First World War. Respond-
ing to his country's call for volunteers, he enlisted
in the French Army and served throughout the
conflict, attaining the rank of sergeant. Wounded
four times, he was decorated for gallantry, earn-
ing both the Medaille du Verdun and the Croix du
Guerre, France's highest military honor.6
At war's end the would-be sculptor returned
to school in Paris but things were not the same.
"I was married," he later recalled, "and confront-
ed with the necessity of making a living, and of
renewing my studies of sculpture-shattered by
four and a half years of military slavery that had
been a long and incredible nightmare.''7
During the First World War Josset had served
in the French army as an interpreter for the
American forces in France.When peace came, he
Raoul Josset poses in 1936 beside a model for his
sculpture representing his native France; the bunch
of grapes in her left hand symbolizes the French wine
industry. The final statue is one of six that still line the
Fair Park Esplanade.
likewise returned to the Ecole de Beaux Arts to
finish his studies.8
In 1920,Jose Martin met RaoulJosset for the
first time when a mutual friend, Pierre Traverse,
took him to visit Josset's studio.Years later, Mar-
tin remembered his first encounter with the man
who became his lifelong friend:
Raoul was small in stature and his mind
alert, shrewd and powerful. Over his nice,
even cherubic face with curled hair, when
he was absorbed in thought, his hand was
always playing unconsciously with a curl at
his temple. His voice had a golden tone of
beautiful sonority and was one of his great-
After leaving the academy, Josset spent the
next six years designing and sculpting monuments
aux morts or war memorials, erected in towns and
villages all over France. He also made a number
of religious sculptures and won several awards, in-
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