French Sculpture Census

crédits photo : courtesy High Museum of Art, Atlanta
© artiste : public domain

Paris 1828 - Paris 1893

Honoré de Balzac
Honoré de Balzac

terre cuite

85 x 65 x 43

N° d'inv. : 2006.19
Credit Line : Purchase with funds from Irene and Howard Stein

Atlanta, Georgia, High Museum of Art


  • Paris, Galerie Patrice Bellanger
  • 2006, acheté avec des fonds d'Irene et Howard Stein


  • Museum's website, June 10, 2013


  • 2011 Atlanta
    Toulouse-Lautrec & Friends: The Irene and Howard Stein Collection, Atlanta, High Museum of Art, January 29-May 1, 2011, curated by David Brenneman, p. 134, cat. no. 69


Museum's website, June 10, 2013:
Hébert specialized in memorial sculpture and portraits of great men and maintained a successful career, exhibiting at the Salon many times until his death in 1893. Remarkable for its grand dimensions, this terracotta portrait pays homage to the immense prestige and physical presence of Honoré de Balzac. Hébert cleverly combined a monumental quality with a sense of the sitter’s intellectual agility—the sharp glance to the right and faint smile express the character of Balzac, an ironic observer of his contemporaries.