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DESPIAU, Charles

Mont-de-Marsan, Landes 1874 - Paris 1946

Madame Othon Friesz, Léda et le cygne (relief au revers de la base)

Madame Othon Friesz, Leda and the Swann (relief in back panel of base)

1924 (head), 1918 (relief)

plaster

head

Dimensions (HxWxD): with plinth: 13 38 x 7 14 x 9 78; base: 7 38 x 6 58 x 6 in.

signed lower left of back, in red pencil or crayon: Despiau
signed top left side of base: Despiau
signed and dated lower left of back panel of base: C. Despiau / 1918

Acc. No.: 55.21.8 a, b

Credit Line: Marquand Fund, 1951; acquired from The Museum of Modern Art, gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller

Photo credit: www.metmuseum.org, August 9, 2011

© Artist:


Provenance

  • New York, Brummer Gallery, sold to:
  • 26 January 1928, New York, Mrs. John D. Rockefeller, Jr.
  • 8 December 1939, gift to New York, The Museum of Modern Art
  • 1951, Marquand Fund, acquired from The Museum of Modern Art, gift of Abby Aldrich Rockefeller

Bibliography

  • 1922 Roger-Marx
    Claude Roger-Marx, Charles Despiau, Paris, 1922, p. 13, 23, 61
  • 1924 Rey
    Robert Rey, "Le Salon des Tuileries", Art et Décoration, vol. 46, 1924, p. 51 (bronze version on marble base)
  • 1928 Basler
    Adolphe Basler, Despiau, Les Albums d'art Druet, vol. IX, 1926, unnumbered plate (bronze version on marble base)
  • 1930 Deshairs
    Léon Deshairs, C. Despiau, Paris, 1930, cat. entry 1924, pl. 27, cat. entry under Plaquettes, pl. 59
  • 1966 Vincent
    Clare Vincent, "In search of a likeness: some European portrait sculpture", The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 24, April 1966, p. 252-253, fig. 10 and 11

Exhibitions

  • 1934 New York
    [Exhibition of fifty-seven original plaster portraits by Despiau], New York, Brummer Gallery, [1934], no. 57

    1942 New York
    Twentieth century portraits, New York, Museum of Modern Art, catalogue by Monroe Wheeler, 1942, p. 135

    1944 New York
    Art in progress, New York, Museum of Modern Art, 1944, p. 220

Related works

  • Bronze on a plain marble base exhibited at the Salon des Tuileries in 1924, no. 440.
    5 numbered bronze casts made.