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Portrait du Professeur Gosset

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Public Domain

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Public Domain

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Public Domain

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Public Domain

Image downloads are for educational use only. For all other purposes, please see our Obtaining and Using Images page.

Public Domain

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Public Domain

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Raymond Duchamp-Villon

French, 1876-1918

Portrait du Professeur Gosset, 1918 (enlarged cast executed 1957)

bronze

Edition: 7/8

overall: 11 3/4 x 9 1/8 x 8 1/2 inches (29.84 x 23.18 x 21.59 cm)

Collection Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York

A. Conger Goodyear Fund, 1965

1965:4

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Inscriptions

inscription / right side of head / LOUIS CARRE. EDITEUR
signature, undated / right side of head / Duchamp Villon
inscription; foundry mark / left side of head / Georges Rudier/Fondeur. Paris

Provenance

Louis Carré, Paris;
Galerie Claude Bernard, Paris;
Jane Wade Gallery, New York;
purchased from them by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1965

Class

Sculpture

Work Type

Cast (sculpture)

This information may change due to ongoing research. Glossary of Terms

During World War I (1914–18) Raymond Duchamp-Villon contracted typhoid fever and spent a year in a military hospital. The subject of this work, Professor Gosset, was one of the surgeons that attended to him. About its creation, Duchamp-Villon wrote to his friend, artist Walter Pach (American, 1883–1958), “It still needs to be made definitive and I am planning to do this during the weeks of convalescence. Everything is a great effort to me.” This was to be his last work of art, and the artist died soon after its completion. His brother Jacques Villon authorized the posthumous bronze casts of the initial sculpture, which was modeled with clay pellets. The work’s almost sinister and masklike qualities are perhaps not indicative of the subject’s persona but, instead, a premonition by the artist of his own death.

Label from Picasso: The Artist and His Models, November 5, 2016–February 19, 2017

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