Mont-de-Marsan, Landes 1874 - Paris 1946
Torse de L'Adolescente
Torso of The Adolescent
Dimensions (HxWxD): 49 5⁄8 x 18 1⁄2 x 15 3⁄4 in.
Acc. No.: 2004.2
Credit Line: Purchase with funds from Irene and Howard Stein
Photo credit: courtesy High Museum of Art, Atlanta
- 2004, Purchase with funds from Irene and Howard Stein
- Museum's website, June 10, 2013
- 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
- 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.