100524 | BELGIUM. Gilt bronze "l'Effort" Medal.
100524 | BELGIUM. Gilt bronze "l'Effort" Medal. Dated 1948. Engraved and Presented to Edmond Colet, F.D. (75mm, 150.07 g, 12h). By J. Dupon.
Nude male left, applying leverage to rocky formation to left; L'EFFORT in exergue / LES VETERANS COLONIAUX / A LEUR / CAMARADE / COLET EDMOND, F. D. / EN TÉMOIGNAGE / DE SYMPATHIE / 1898–1948 (the Colonial Veterans to their comrade present this medal in testimony of their sympathy) in seven lines. Edge: FONSON.
Vancraenbroeck 80. Gem Mint State. Pleasing matte surfaces, with a charming underlying luster. Exceptional artistry.
The theme of l'effort was utilized by various Belgian artists during the late 19th and 20th centuries for medals to be awarded to deserving individuals by a number of institutions or organizations. One such design was that of Josuë Dupon, featuring an elegantly balanced composition of a nude male applying as much leverage as he possibly can to rocky formation; an excellent marriage of power and finesse.