French Sculpture Census

crédits photo : Davis Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College 2010
© artiste : public domain

FALGUIÈRE, Alexandre
Toulouse, Haute-Garonne 1831 - Paris 1900

Buste de Diane
Bust of Diana

après 1882

H. 59,7
sous l'épaule gauche du buste : A. Falguiere

N° d'inv. : 1977.29
Credit Line : Given in memory of Bettie Dorsey Shatz (Class of 1950) by her classmates and Dorothy Dorsey Bair

Wellesley, Massachusetts, Davis Museum and Cultural Center


  • 1971, acheté à Michael Hall Fine Arts
  • 1977, donné en mémoire de Bettie Dorsey Shatz (promotion de 1950) par ses camarades de promotion et Dorothy Dorsey Bair


  • Museum's website, January 20, 2013


  • 1989 Wellesley
    Diana in Late Nineteenth-Century Sculpture: A Theme in Variations, Wellesley, Davis Museum at the Wellesley College, November 3-December 31, 1989
  • 1994 Middlebury
    Nineteenth Century Sculpture in New England Collections, Middlebury College, 1994


Museum's file, Linda Siptroth, 1979:
Wellesley's piece dates from the late 1880s or early 1890s, and is the only marble version of the head of Diana known to be in existence. Bronze versions of the life size head are common, and several bronze reductions of the head are known. This peculiar twist reveals Falguière's interest in depicting movements, and Diana's haughty expression contrasts with her delicately, carefully modelled shoulders and slight suggestion of breasts. Both the sensuousness and the attention to form are characteristic of Falguière's particular style.