Bust of J.B.Réveillon
Jean-Baptiste Defernex (1729–1783)
Object Place: Europe, France
14 1/2 in (36.83 cm) x 9 7/8 in (25.09 cm) x 7 7/8 in (20 cm)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Inscribed and signed on edge of sculpture: J.B. Réveillon. Par son ami / J.B. Defernex. Dated on back: EN juin / 1752.
Defernex’s bust of J.B. Réveillon is an outstanding example of French portraiture during the reign of Louis XV. He preferred to work in terracotta, and he excelled in the execution of casual portraits such as this one. The open-collared shirt, curled hair, and spontaneous expression exemplify the mid-century trend away from the formal baroque portraiture in which the rank, costume, and decorations of a male sitter were emphasized.
Mary S. and Edward Jackson Holmes Fund