French Sculpture Census

photo credit : Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College 2010
artist © : public domain

Damville, Eure 1876 - Cannes, Alpes-Maritimes 1918


terracotta with pigment

15 x 7 1/2 x 9 1/4
on the bottom edge of the left side of the neck: R Duchamp-Villon 1911

Acc. No. : 1957.44
Credit Line : Gift of Professor and Mrs. John McAndrew

Wellesley, Massachusetts, Davis Museum and Cultural Center


  • Adelheid (Heidi) Roosevelt (Mrs. Andree Roosevelt)
  • Boston, Childs Gallery
  • 1957, Gift of Professor and Mrs. John McAndrew


  • Museum's website, January 20, 2013
  • 1964 Wick
    Peter A. Wick, Jacques Villon: Master of Graphic Art, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, 1964
  • 1972 Boston Globe
    "Treasures of Massachusetts", Boston Globe, March 5, 1972, p. 56, repr.
  • 1978 Davis Museum
    One Century: Wellesley Families Collect, Wellesley, Davis Museum, 1978


  • 1957 Boston
    European Masters of Our Time, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, October 10-November 17, 1957
  • 1964 Boston
    Jacques Villon: Master of the Graphic Art, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, February 11-April 12, 1964, no. 191
  • 1976 Cambridge/Purchase
    Jacques Villon Retrospective, Cambridge, Fogg Art Museum, January 17-February 29, 1976; Purchase, NY, Roy R. Neuberger Museum, 1976, edited by Daniel Robbins, no. 70a, p. 92
  • 1980 Wellesley
    Faces of the Twentieth Century, Wellesley, Jewett Arts Center at the Wellesley College, May 1-June 15, 1980
  • 1990 Wellesley
    Duchamp-Villon's Baudelaire: Sources and Transformations, Wellesley, Davis Museum at the Wellesley College, January 26-March, 1990
  • 1993-1994 Huntington/Austin
    The Poet and his Painters, Huntington, NY, The Heckscher Museum, August 28-November 14, 1993; Austin, Archer M. Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas, January 6-March 30, 1994

Related Works

Terracotta, Philadelphia, Museum of Art.
Bronze, West Palm Beach, Norton Gallery of Art.
Gips, Duisburg, Wilhelm-Lehmbruck-Museum.
Bronze, New York, Museum of Modern Art.
Terracotta, Art Institute of Chicago.


Genise Schnitman, Faces of the Twentieth Century, 1980:
Duchamp-Villon's Baudelaire, like its subject, looks both forward and backward in the history of art. The head conveys an extraordinary sense of classical repose, its masses generalized, balanced and resolved into intense clarity and definition of form. The poet was both a classicizer in his forms but at the same time a radical innovator. The poet and critic who first celebrated "la vie moderne" and put his finger on the living pulse of that which became recognized as "modernity" itself. Duchamp-Villon here is still under the influence of Rodin, but has gone beyond the most advanced sculptural conceptions of the nineteenth century, honing down Rodin's elaborated surfaces, to reveal the essences of the underlying forms by means of strongly delineated and broadly articulated planes.