Paris 1833 - ? 1915

La Pensée




Dimensions (HxWxD): 30 x 13 12 x 13 in.

signed on right side of base
title inscribed at front of base, along with: Je Pense Donc Je Suis. Descartes.

Acc. No.: Metz no. 656

Credit Line: The Arthur R. Metz Collection at the Indiana University Memorial Union Metz Suite

Photo credit: Indiana University Campus Art Collection

© Artist:


  • Chicago, Dr. Arthur R. Metz (1887-1963) Collection
  • 1963, bequeathed to Indiana University, Bloomington


  • Collection's website, September 29, 2015


  • Collection's website, September 29, 2015:
    Emile-Louis Picault, a late-nineteenth-century Parisian sculptor, studied in the studio of the painter Henri Royer, and exhibited his works at the Salon from 1863 to 1909. His known works vary in theme from allegories of patriotic and other virtues, to heroes and other historic or mythological figures. Bronzes such as Perseus and Andromeda (1880), The Flag (1903), Jason (1879), Civic Virtues (1897), and The Birth of Pegasus were published in large editions and widely available at the turn of the century.
    This small bronze, La Pensée or "the female thinker," was accompanied by a male version of the subject, perhaps influenced by the more widely known version of The Thinker executed by Rodin