Since Houdon’s visit to America in 1785 and the creation of his Portrait of General Washington (Richmond) (ill.), since the French nation's gift to America of the Statue of Liberty in 1886 (ill.), French sculpture has held a special place in the United States. The Census of French Sculpture in American Public Collections (1500-1960) reveals for the first time the breadth and richness of this body of works. It has led and will continue to lead to the discovery of many works scattered across America, in places as diverse as museums, historic houses, government buildings, corporate collections, and public spaces.

The French Sculpture Census marks an important contribution to the study of the history of taste, the building of American museum collections, the development of the art market, and the transatlantic transit of art.

Its goal is to reach the widest audience possible: museum professionals, scholars, historians, collectors, dealers, and all those interested in French sculpture or wishing to know it better. Currently including approximately 7,300 sculptures, the Census is constantly growing. The ultimate number of works included will likely be between 15 and 20,000.

A national archival research project run jointly through CISM and the Nasher Sculpture Center in the United States and the Musée d’Orsay, INHA, Paris, the Musée Rodin and the Ecole du Louvre in France. Today the project counts 6491 sculptures by 655 artists in 302 locations, museums public buildings, outdoor space; its final estimate is 20,000 sculptures.  It is the most important catalogue of French sculpture outside France.

A FEW EXPLANATIONS

"Sculpture"

In the general category of "Sculpture" we have included sculptures, medals and plaquettes, Sèvres soft-paste porcelain, sculptures executed in ceramic and, in a few rare cases, functional objects.

"French": The French Connection

Each and every sculpture in the Census has a connection with France!
In the vast majority of cases, the objects' authors are French, either by birth or by acquired citizenship. But some works were also created by artists who came to France to work durably or settle permanently.

"American public collections"

The Census includes art museums, science museums, libraries, public institutions, government buildings, historic houses, and public spaces. Corporate collections are included with the prior approval of the company.
For the vast majority of the museums, the collections are comprehensive.

The program leader is Laure de Margerie, Coordinator, French Sculpture Census. 

The website is both a resource and an educational tool. It offers a glossary of sculpture terms, texts on the making of a sculpture, references for French legal texts defining originals and reproductions, and a series of “Spotlights” on specific works.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

on the American side:
 - Valerie FLETCHER, Senior Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
 - June HARGROVE, Professor of 19th c. Art History, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
 - Mary LEVKOFF, Curator and Department Head, Sculpture and Decorative Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
 - Anne POULET, Former Director, Frick Collection, New York

on the French side:
 - Geneviève BRESC-BAUTIER, Emeritus Director of the Sculpture Department, Musée du Louvre, Paris
 - Brigitte LÉAL, Director of collections, National Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou, Paris
 - Antoinette LE NORMAND-ROMAIN, General Director,of the Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris
 - Anne PINGEOT, Emeritus Sculpture Curator, Musée d’Orsay, Paris



Please find the French Sculpture Census here: http://www.frenchsculpture.org 

Online Worldwide USA

French Sculpture Census

When
2015
Where
Online Worldwide
USA

Since Houdon’s visit to America in 1785 and the creation of his Portrait of General Washington (Richmond) (ill.), since the French nation's gift to America of the Statue of Liberty in 1886 (ill.), French sculpture has held a special place in the United States. The Census of French Sculpture in American Public Collections (1500-1960) reveals for the first time the breadth and richness of this body of works. It has led and will continue to lead to the discovery of many works scattered across America, in places as diverse as museums, historic houses, government buildings, corporate collections, and public spaces.

The French Sculpture Census marks an important contribution to the study of the history of taste, the building of American museum collections, the development of the art market, and the transatlantic transit of art.

Its goal is to reach the widest audience possible: museum professionals, scholars, historians, collectors, dealers, and all those interested in French sculpture or wishing to know it better. Currently including approximately 7,300 sculptures, the Census is constantly growing. The ultimate number of works included will likely be between 15 and 20,000.

A national archival research project run jointly through CISM and the Nasher Sculpture Center in the United States and the Musée d’Orsay, INHA, Paris, the Musée Rodin and the Ecole du Louvre in France. Today the project counts 6491 sculptures by 655 artists in 302 locations, museums public buildings, outdoor space; its final estimate is 20,000 sculptures.  It is the most important catalogue of French sculpture outside France.

A FEW EXPLANATIONS

"Sculpture"

In the general category of "Sculpture" we have included sculptures, medals and plaquettes, Sèvres soft-paste porcelain, sculptures executed in ceramic and, in a few rare cases, functional objects.

"French": The French Connection

Each and every sculpture in the Census has a connection with France!
In the vast majority of cases, the objects' authors are French, either by birth or by acquired citizenship. But some works were also created by artists who came to France to work durably or settle permanently.

"American public collections"

The Census includes art museums, science museums, libraries, public institutions, government buildings, historic houses, and public spaces. Corporate collections are included with the prior approval of the company.
For the vast majority of the museums, the collections are comprehensive.

The program leader is Laure de Margerie, Coordinator, French Sculpture Census. 

The website is both a resource and an educational tool. It offers a glossary of sculpture terms, texts on the making of a sculpture, references for French legal texts defining originals and reproductions, and a series of “Spotlights” on specific works.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

on the American side:
 - Valerie FLETCHER, Senior Curator, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
 - June HARGROVE, Professor of 19th c. Art History, University of Maryland, College Park, MD
 - Mary LEVKOFF, Curator and Department Head, Sculpture and Decorative Arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
 - Anne POULET, Former Director, Frick Collection, New York

on the French side:
 - Geneviève BRESC-BAUTIER, Emeritus Director of the Sculpture Department, Musée du Louvre, Paris
 - Brigitte LÉAL, Director of collections, National Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou, Paris
 - Antoinette LE NORMAND-ROMAIN, General Director,of the Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris
 - Anne PINGEOT, Emeritus Sculpture Curator, Musée d’Orsay, Paris



Please find the French Sculpture Census here: http://www.frenchsculpture.org 

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