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Silence

A work made of plaster.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of plaster.

Date:

1842/43

Artist:

Auguste Préault
French, 1809-1879

About this artwork

Auguste Préault created this roundel (a composition with a circular format) for the tomb of Jacob Roblès in Père-Lachaise, a Parisian cemetery. Departing from more conventional, comforting funerary imagery of the period—portraits of the deceased or melancholy images of mourning—Préault instead modeled a stark evocation of death. Here, a frail finger is raised to the lips of a deeply shrouded and skeletal face with heavy-lidded eyes, perhaps marking the frontier between life and death. The sculpture met with immediate acclaim upon its first exhibition and became an icon of Romanticism.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Antoine Augustin Préault

Title

Silence

Place

France (Object made in)

Date

1842–1843

Medium

Plaster

Dimensions

Diameter: 40 cm (15 3/4 in.)

Credit Line

Robert Allerton and Harry and Maribell Blum endowments; through prior acquisitions of Howard Van Doren Shaw

Reference Number

2000.46

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