Bust of Charles Frédéric de la Tour du Pin
Chaumont, 1698 - Paris, 1762
1736, terracotta, 78 x 50 cm
Edme Bouchardon is the most famous sculptor from the reign of Louis XV. He created the four seasons fountain in Paris and the equestrian statue of the king. The bust of the Marquis de La Tour du Pin is not on such a scale, and is not hewn from the most noble material, but it represents one of the most brilliant compromises between antique art and the contemporary sensibility. The bust is handled like that of a Roman senator while the face, unravelled hair and no wig, is au naturel.