Posted by: bluesyemre | December 22, 2014

The French Sculpture Census


Sculpture Census

Since Houdon’s visit to America in 1785 and the creation of his Portrait of General Washington (Richmond) (ill.), since the French nation’s gift to America of the Statue of Liberty in 1886 (ill.), French sculpture has held a special place in the United States. The Census of French Sculpture in American Public Collections (1500-1960) reveals for the first time the breadth and richness of this body of works. It has led and will continue to lead to the discovery of many works scattered across America, in places as diverse as museums, historic houses, government buildings, corporate collections, and public spaces. The French Sculpture Census marks an important contribution to the study of the history of taste, the building of American museum collections, the development of the art market, and the transatlantic transit of art. Its goal is to reach the widest audience possible: museum professionals, scholars, historians, collectors, dealers, and all those interested in French sculpture or wishing to know it better. Currently including approximately 7,300 sculptures, the Census is constantly growing. The ultimate number of works included will likely be between 15 and 20,000.

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