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La Douleur (Pain), 1811
Plaster
54 x 32 x 26 cm
Dated front, lower right
Collection Roberta J. M. Olson and Alexander B. V. Johnson

Cat. 12


This extraordinary bust won the 1811 tête d’expression (expressive head) competition at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Its originality lies in the artist’s conjunction of classical sculptural types with his close study of a posed, fashionably sidewhiskered model. La Douleur marks the beginning of David’s lifelong exploration of the relationship between ideal classical beauty and the fleshy reality of the living body. One of two casts made during his lifetime, the work retains the raised seams from its original molds. For modern viewers, these are a prized indicator of a plaster’s authenticity.

Victor Schnetz, 1828
Plaster cast
12 cm diameter
Collection Dr. Stephen K. and Janie Woo Scher

Cat. 14


French painter (1787–1870)

Robert David, 1834
Patinated plaster
23.5 cm diameter
Collection Carol and Herbert Diamond

Cat. 15

Christening Cup (after an 1835 model)
Patinated plaster
18.9 cm high
Signed and dated, 1854; inscribed, patria
Collection Roberta J. M. Olson and Alexander B. V. Johnson

Cat. 16

Hélène David, 1838
Plaster Inscribed and dedicated in David’s hand in ink on reverse, à Victor Pavie
26.7 cm diameter
Collection Carol and Herbert Diamond

Cat. 17