French Sculpture Census

photo credit : David Heald / Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas
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Paris 1885 - Paris 1954

Maker: Valsuani, C.

Grande Maternité

1932, cast 1965

21 1/2 x 55 x 22 1/2
front of base: HL 0/6
back of base: C. Valsuani Cire Perdue

Acc. No. : 1984.A.09
Credit Line : Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Dallas, Texas

Dallas, Texas, Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection, Nasher Sculpture Center


  • Paris, Galerie Louise Leiris
  • Hanover, Galerie Brusberg
  • London, Waddington Galleries, Ltd.
  • 1984, Dallas, Texas, Raymond and Patsy Nasher Collection


  • 2003 Nash, Giménez and Brenson
    Steven A. Nash, Carmen Giménez, Michael Brenson, A Century of Sculpture: The Nasher Collection, Dallas, The Nasher Foundation, 2003 (first published in 1997, expanded and republished in 2003 by The Nasher Foundation on the occasion of the inauguration in October 2003 of the Nasher Sculpture Center), p. 172-173, repr., 364


  • Museum's website:
  • 1985 Bern
    Henri Laurens 1885-1954, Kunstmuseum Bern, 1985. Exhibition catalogue.
  • 1986 Fort Worth
    Henri Laurens: Cubist Constructions and Collages 1915-1919, Fort Worth Art Center Museum, March 14, 1986 - May 16, 1986. Exhibition catalogue.
  • 1987 Dallas
    A Century of Modern Sculpture: The Patsy and Raymond Nasher Collection, Dallas Museum of Art, April 5, 1987- May 31, 1987. Exhibition catalogue.
  • 1997 New York
    A Century of Sculpture: The Nasher Collection, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, February 6, 1997 - June 1, 1997. Exhibition catalogue.
  • 2005-2006 Durham
    The Evolution of the Nasher Collection, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC, October 2005 - May 2006. Exhibition catalogue

Related Works

Museum's website:
Grande Maternité is an enlargement of Laurens's Petite Maternité (18.5 centimeters long) from the same year.
A plaster of the large version (probably the one illustrated in Cahiers d'Art 10, nos. 1-4, 1935, p.52) remains in the collection of M. and Mme Claude Laurens in Paris, together with a terra-cotta of the small one.
The posthumous edition of eleven bronzes issued by the Laurens family and made by Valsuani consists of seven casts marked 0/6 to 6/6, three artist's proofs, and one proof donated to the Musée National d'Art Moderne, Paris. The edition was cast over several years, and the Nasher cast dates from 1965.