French Sculpture Census

photo credit : The Cleveland Museum of Art
artist © : public domain

DUCHAMP-VILLON, Raymond
Damville, Eure 1876 - Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes 1918

Le Coq ou Coq gaulois
Rooster (Gallic cock)

cast 1919 from a plaster of 1916
painted bronze

relief
17 1/8 x 14 1/8 x 2 1/8

Acc. No. : 1972.227
Credit Line : Bequest of Lucia McCurdy McBride

Cleveland, Ohio, The Cleveland Museum of Art

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Provenance

  • John Quinn
  • 1927, Lucia McCurdy McBride (1880-1970)
  • 1972, Bequest of Lucia McCurdy McBride

Comment



Museum's label, June 2011:
A pioneer of Cubist sculpture, Duchamp-Villon carved the original plaster for this bronze relief while serving in the army during World War I. It was intended for the entrance to a temporary theater erected near the front lines, where French soldiers would have recognised the rooster and rising sun as symbols of victory. Duchamp-Villon died during the war, and in 1919, five bronze casts were made from his plaster as a memorial to the artist.