Charles-Albert Despiau (Mont-de-Marsan 1874 - 1946 Paris)
signed lower right
Lost-wax technique, cast by Valsuani
Despiau studied at Parisian art schools from 1891 to 1896 and exhibited his sculpture in Paris over the next 10 years.
Auguste Rodin saw one of Despiau’s portrait busts and in 1907 invited him to work as his assistant. Under Rodin, Despiau honed his technical skills but came to reject his mentor’s intense Romanticism in favour of a return to the simplicity of Archaic Classical sculpture. Despiau’s style is often compared to that of Aristide Maillol because of their common interest in a dignified Classical aesthetic. However, Despiau’s work is distinguished by the more highly detailed rendering of his subjects’ individual characteristics.
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