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DESPIAU, Charles

Mont-de-Marsan, Landes 1874 - Paris 1946

Torse de L'Adolescente

Torso of The Adolescent

1929

plaster

torso

Dimensions (HxWxD): 49 58 x 18 12 x 15 34 in.

Acc. No.: 2004.2

Credit Line: Purchase with funds from Irene and Howard Stein

Photo credit: courtesy High Museum of Art, Atlanta

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Provenance

  • 2004, Purchase with funds from Irene and Howard Stein

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, June 10, 2013

Exhibitions

  • 2011 Atlanta
    Toulouse-Lautrec & Friends: The Irene and Howard Stein Collection, Atlanta, High Museum of Art, January 29-May 1, 2011, curated by David Brenneman, p. 142, cat. no. 73

Comment

  • Museum's website, June 10, 2013:
    Along with Aristide Maillol and Antoine Bourdelle, Charles Despiau was one of the leading French sculptors of the generation following Rodin. However, these artists espoused a classical approach to sculpture inspired by Greek art and turned away from the Romantic tradition of Rodin. Adolescent Girl (Torso) represents the last phase in the development of a composition Despiau first conceived in the early 1920s. He began with the standing figure of a girl, which he gradually fragmented until only the torso remained. The result of this process is a torso that evokes the beauty and elegance of an antique marble sculpture.