About this artwork
Jean-Antoine Houdon was one of the greatest sculptors of the 18th century, and he had a particular talent for portrait busts. Commissioned in 1780, one year after her first marriage, this bust of Louise de Domangeville presents the sitter as somewhat older than her 18 years. Houdon’s handling of the sculpture strikes a balance between the conversational intimacy of Rococo portraiture and the simplified dignity of Neoclassicism. The turn of the sitter’s head and the precisely cut pupils of her eyes focus her gaze, and Houdon conveyed skin, hair, and fabric through nuances of texture and polish. Her drapery frames the bust and imparts the illusion of Classical repose.
- Jean Antoine Houdon
- Bust of Anne-Marie-Louise Thomas de Domangeville de Sérilly, Comtesse de Pange
- France (Object made in)
- H.: 89.9 cm (35 1/4 in.)
- Through prior acquisitions of the George F. Harding Collection; the Lacy Armour, Harry and Maribel G. Blum Foundation, Richard T. Crane, Jr. and European Decorative Arts Purchase endowments; Eloise W. Martin and European Decorative Arts Purchase funds; purchased with funds provided by the Woman's Board in honor of Gloria Gottlieb and Mrs. Eric Oldberg; through prior acquisitions of Robert Allerton, Mary and Leigh Block, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Andrew Brown, Miss Janet Falk, J.S. Landon Fund, Brooks and Hope B. McCormick, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Regenstein, Sr., Mrs. Florene Schoenborn, and the Solomon A. Smith Charitable Trust through the Antiquarian Society