Americaine sans Oreilles

French
20th century
1926
Charles Despiau (French, 1874–1946)


Object Place: Europe, France

Dimensions

36.2 cm (14 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

40.230

Medium or Technique

Metal; bronze

Not On View

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture

Bronze head of young woman with bobbed hair parted down the middle and covering ears. On black marble pedestal.


Reacting against the romanticism of Rodin, in whose studio he assisted for seven years, Despiau adopted a calmer, classical approach in his own work. Not well-known today, Despiau was among the most respected French sculptors between the wars. In an atmosphere of growing nationalism, conservative critics praised his brand of classicism as reflecting traditional French values of order and balance. The title refers to the girl’s haircut, which hides her ears.

Inscription

Stamped "Cire Perdue C. Valsuani".

Signed

on back C. Despiau

Provenance

1927, Brummer Gallery, New York [see note 1]; 1927, sold by Brummer to Sarah Choate (Mrs. Joshua Montgomery) Sears (b. 1858 - d. 1935), Boston; by descent to her daughter, Helen Sears (Mrs. J. D. Cameron) Bradley (b. 1899 - d. 1966), Boston; 1940, sold by Mrs. Bradley to the MFA for $500. (Accession Date: May 9, 1940)

NOTES:
[1] Despiau had his first one-man exhibition at the Brummer Gallery, New York (November 21 - December 31, 1927); this sculpture was no. 22 in the catalogue.

Credit Line

Frederick Brown Fund