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Albert Rigondaud (Rigo)

Born October 29, 1925 and died March 16, 2017. After his secondary studies, he entered the National School of Applied Arts. Unfortunately, during the war, he was forced to be a contractor of the city of Paris to escape the STO (Service du travail obligitoire – Compulsary Work Service - the forced enlistment and deportation of hundreds of thousands of French workers to Nazi Germany to work as forced labour for the German war effort during World War II). In 1944, he was asked to do research for Delannoy's film “Pontcarral Général d'Émpire”. The film ignited a passion for this period of French history which never left him. In December 1969 "I was in charge of the decoration of the avenue de la Grande Armée on the occasion of the bicentenary of the birth of Napoleon". That same year, he received the Médaille d'Argent from the City of Paris and was appointed Peintre de l'Armee by the Minister of Defense in September 1970. Don’t think that the Peintre de l'Armee spends an idle retirement in Louannec, his home. He continues to create many works under the pseudonym "Rigo", while continuing his work of archiving the uniforms of the 1st Empire. 

Albert Rigondaud was named honorary member of the Sabretache military history society in July 1979; in December 1982, he contributed to P. Charié's work “Drapeaux et standards de la Révolution et de l'Empire”. In July 1989, he organized the exhibition "Histoire en figurine" in Perros-Guirec for the bicentenary of the Revolution. He collaborated on many other literary productions. In November 1993, he received the Médaille d'Argent from the Musée international des Hussards; on June 18, 2000 during the Mondial de la Miniature in Paris, he received the Plaquette de Vermeil and the Médaille d'Or for all of his work. Albert Rigondaud is the only one in Brittany, and one of only two or three in all France, that specializes and is an expert in uniformology and vexillology (the study of flags and standards).