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Houdon

Jean Antoine HOUDON (1741-1828), student of the sculptors Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne and Pigalle, resided in Italy from 1764 to 1769, where he familiarized himself with the art of Antiquity and the Renaissance. Awarded a grant to study at the Académie de France in Rome, he there executed L'Écorché, proof of his passion for anatomy. Upon his return to France, he was elected to the Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture in 1777 and became famous. His life-sized works, treated in a classical fashion, contributed to his renown. Blending grace and suppleness with a keen sense of psychological analysis, he was as much a reputed portraitist as a subtle interpreter of the charm of childhood. The catalogue in progress offers a critical synthesis of the work in all its richness and diversity.

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