French Sculpture Census

crédits photo : Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk
© artiste : public domain

RAMEY, Claude
Dijon, Côte-d'Or 1754 - Paris 1838

Antoine-César de Choiseul-Praslin, duc de Praslin (1756-1808)
Antoine-César de Choiseul-Praslin, Duke of Praslin (1756-1808)

1808
terre cuite

buste
68,6 x 50,8 x 40,6
signé à l'arrière : Claude Ramey. De Dijon / fecit. L'an 1808

N° d'inv. : 2010.7
Credit Line : Museum Purchase

Norfolk, Virginia, Chrysler Museum of Art

www.chrysler.org

Historique

  • Par héritage par le plus jeune petit-fils du modèle, dont la fille Alix-Eugénie a épousé Charles de Mercy-Argenteau
  • par héritage à leur fille Georgina de Mercy-Argenteau, qui a épousé Claude, comte de Pimodan, arrière-grand-père du propriétaire actuel
  • consigné chez W. M. Brady and Co., New York, NY
  • 2010, achat du musée

Bibliographie

  • Museum's website, 16 November 2017

Commentaire



Museum's website, Object Label, 16 November 2017:
Unlike many French aristocrats, the Duke of Praslin survived the Revolution to become a favorite of Napoleon. Claude Ramey’s bust records the aging duke’s complex allegiances in a world of rapid change. He proudly wears the uniform and medal of the revolutionary Legion of Honor, to which Napoleon had elected him, yet he still retains his wig, a pre-revolutionary aristocratic pretension that many noblemen had abandoned in favor of short, natural hairstyles. The bust’s stark realism dispenses with refined ideals as if to show the effects of the tumultuous Revolution. The duke’s weathered face seems to reflect its dire events.