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Jean-Antoine Houdon :sculptor of the Enlightenment /Anne L. Poulet, with Guilhem Scherf [and others].

Collection Type
Houdon, Jean Antoine, 1741-1828.
J. Paul Getty Museum.
Musée national des châteaux de Versailles et de Trianon.
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)
Poulet, Anne L.
Washington, DC : Published by the National Gallery of Art in association with the University of Chicago Press
Directors' Foreword / Earl A. Powell III, Deborah Gribbon and Pierre Arizzoli-Clementel -- Lenders to the Exhibition -- Preface and Acknowledgments / Anne L. Poulet -- Houdon, "Above All Modern Artists" / Guilhem Scherf -- Etat des Choses: A Recently Discovered Document by Houdon / Anne L. Poulet, Ulrike D. Mathies and Christoph Frank -- Houdon and the German Courts: Serving the Francophile Princes / Ulrike D. Mathies -- "A Man More Jealous of Glory than of Wealth": Houdon's Dealings with Russia / Christoph Frank -- Early Works -- Figures in the Arts -- Family and Friends -- Enlightenment Figures -- Decorative Sculpture -- American Patriots -- The Courts of Europe -- Late Works -- Boilly's Paintings -- Abbreviated Chronology of Houdon's Life and Work / Monique Barbier -- App. Etat des choses renfermees dans les caisses envoyees a son Altesse Monseigneur le Duc de Saxe Gotha.
384 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
French artist Jean-Antoine Houdon (1741-1826) has long been recognized as the greatest European portrait sculptor of the late eighteenth century, flourishing during both the American and French Revolutions as well as during the Directoire and Empire in France. Whether sculpting a head of state, an intellectual, or a young child, Houdon had an uncanny ability to capture the essence of his subject with a characteristic pose or expression. This lavish exhibition catalogue will immediately take its rightful place as the definitive work on Houdon. With more than one hundred color plates and two hundred black and white halftones, Jean-Antoine Houdon: Sculptor of the Enlightenment illustrates every stage of the sculptor's fascinating career, from his early portrayals of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette to his stunning portraits of American patriots such as George Washington, the Marquis de Lafayette, John Paul Jones, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson. Accompanying the images of Houdon's masterworks are four insightful essays that discuss Houdon's views on art (based in part on a newly discovered manuscript written by the artist) as well as his prominence in the highly varied cultures of eighteenth-century France, Germany, and Russia.
Catalog of an exhibition held at National Gallery of Art, Washington, May 4-Sept. 7, 2003, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Nov. 4, 2003-Jan. 25, 2004, and Musée du château de Versailles, Mar. 1-May 30, 2004.
Gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica
Includes bibliographical references (pages 361-371) and index.
Call Number
CPT CPT-01-110.490
Other People and Orgs
Houdon, Jean Antoine, 1741-1828
Houdon, Jean Antoine, 1741-1828.
National Gallery of Art (U.S.)
Descriptive terms
Portrait sculpture, French
Portrait sculpture, French.
Material Type