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Augustin Pajou, (born Sept. 19, 1730, Paris, France—died May 8, 1809, Paris), French sculptor and decorator known mainly for his portrait busts of famous contemporaries, such as his patroness, Madame du Barry, and for directing the decoration of the Versailles opera house.

Pajou, a student of the sculptor Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, won the Prix de Rome in 1748 and studied in Italy from 1752 to 1756. He was elected to the Paris Academy in 1760. He executed bas-reliefs and small decorative figures in bronze, silver, and marble and later did work on the court of the Palais Royal, Paris, and the cathedral at Orléans. A directive from King Louis XVI for the creation of statues honouring great Frenchmen led him to do many busts, including those of such notables as Georges Buffon, René Descartes, and J.-B. Bossuet. Appointed keeper of the king’s antiquities (1777), he was commissioned to complete the Fontaine des Innocents, Paris, in the manner of the 16th-century sculptor Jean Goujon. Pajou’s Psyche Abandoned (1791) offers an example of his graciously seductive style. It is one of the few creations in which he restrained his usual decorative style in favour of classical purity.

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Bust of Madame du Barry
1773
Marble, height 60 cm
Musйe du Louvre, Paris





Hubert Robert
1780
Marble
Йcole des Beaux-Arts, Paris





Bust of Louis XVI
1779
Marble
Musйe Lambinet, Versailles



 

 

Psyche Abandoned
1790
Marble, height 180 cm
Musйe du Louvre, Paris







Ideal Female Heads







Bust of the Comte de Buffon







Allégorie à la reine Marie Leszczynska
Marble
c. 1771







Pluton enchaînant Cerbère
Marble







Cérès



 
 


Calliope








Neptune – 1767 – Marble – Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon



 

 


Elisabeth Vigee-Lebrun

 
 
 



Blaise Pascal
1785







Buffon Seated
c.1788







Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon







Renee Descartes
1777

 




Anacreon tearing feather from wings of Cupid








Antoine-Louis-Francois Viel de Lunas, Marquis d’Espeuilles
1794







Ariadne Abandoned by Theseus
 






Bacchante Holding Tambourine


 




Bossuet (Jacques Bénigne)
 







Buffon
 





Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun
 






Fleuve

 
 
 
 

Bas-relief
1768-70
Wood
Opera House, Versailles

 
 
 
 

Bas-relief
1768-70
Wood
Opera House, Versailles

 
 
 
 


Air, Boreas Abducting Oreithyia
1761-70
 
 
 
 


Water, Neptune Protecting Amymone
1761-70
 
 
 
 


Earth, Triumph of Cybele
1761-70
 
 
 
 


 Fire, Pluto Abducting Proserpine
1761-70
 
 
 
 


Diogenes in Search for Man
1781
 
 
 
 

The Princess of Hesse-Homburg as Minerva
1761
Marble, height 100 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

 
 
 
 

Mantel clock
1785-90
Gilt bronze, marble, and gilded copper, height 94 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

 
 

 
 
 
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