Nov 8, 2010

Head of a Woman in Profile (George Sand)

Head of a Woman in Profile (George Sand)


Pierre-Jean David d'Angers

(French, 1788–1856)


Support: Ivory wove paper, discolored

Sheet: 20.6 x 15.8 cm (8 1/8 x 6 1/4 in.)

Gift of the Painting and Drawing Society of The Cleveland Museum of Art 2000.40



David d'Angers aimed to create a series of portraits in sculpture that would capture all of the outstanding men and women of his time. This drawing relates to a medallion portrait of the writer George Sand, the pseudonym adopted by a woman named Amandine-Aurore-Lucile Dupin so that she could publish her work. David d'Angers captured his sitter's independence sympathetically, as she stares forward and upward, as if seen in thought.

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