Augustin Pajou

Portrait of Pajou by Adélaïde Labille-Guiard. Bust of Michel-Jean Sedaine, 1775, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Mercury, 1780.

Augustin Pajou (19 September 1730 – 8 May 1809) was a French sculptor, born in Paris. At eighteen he won the Prix de Rome, and at thirty exhibited his Pluton tenant Cerbère enchaîné (now in the Louvre).

Selected works

Pajou's portrait busts of Buffon and of Madame du Barry (1773), and his statuette of Bossuet (all in the Louvre), are amongst his best works.

When Bernard Poyet constructed the "Fontaine des Innocents" from the earlier edifice of Pierre Lescot, Pajou provided a number of new figures for the work. Mention should also be made of his bust of Carlin Bertinazzi (1763) at the Comédie Française, and the monument to Marie Leszczyńska, Queen of France (in the Salon of 1769). Pajou was one of the main artists whose work was included in the collection of the Comédie-Française at the end of the 18th century. Others were Jean-Baptiste d'Huez, Jean-Joseph Foucou, Simon-Louis Boizot and Pierre-François Berruer. Pajou was commissioned by Napoleon to make the copies of the Medici Lions now situated in the garden of the Villa Medici 1803. Pajou died in Paris on 8 May 1809.

The Courtauld Institute of Art (London), the Frick Collection (New York City), Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge, Massachusetts), the Hermitage Museum (Saint Petersburg, Russia), the Honolulu Museum of Art, the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles, California), the Louvre, Beli Dvor (Belgrade), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York City), the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Museum of Fine Arts, Lyon, France, Musée des Augustins (Toulouse, France), Musée des Beaux-arts, Nantes, France, Musée National du Château, Pau, France, the National Gallery of Art (Washington D.C.), the National Gallery of Australia (Canberra) and the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium are among the public collections holding sculpture by Augustin Pajou. And also al National Museum of Art Iasi we have a work of art - Madame du Barry (marble), Augustin Pajou.



  1. ^ Pajou sculpted the father of Adélaïde Labille-Guiard, Claude Edme Labille, in 1784; the marble bust was exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1785, and is now in the Louvre (N 15487).
  2. ^ a b c One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Pajou, Augustin". Encyclopædia Britannica. Vol. 20 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 521.
  3. ^ Daufresne, Jean-Claude (2004-01-01). Théâtre de l'Odéon: architecture, décors, musée. Editions Mardaga. p. 151. ISBN 978-2-87009-873-8. Retrieved 2014-07-01.
  4. ^ Draper, James David; Pajou, Augustin; Scherf, Guilhem; Louvre, Musée du; N.Y.), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York (March 16, 1998). Augustin Pajou: royal sculptor, 1730-1809. Metropolitan Museum of Art. ISBN 9780810965188. Retrieved November 9, 2019 – via Google Books.
  5. ^ "Bust of Madame Sedaine". Retrieved 2020-11-02.
  6. ^ Number P.47 in Jérémie Benoit's catalogue of that artist's works

External links

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