American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Houdon, Jean Antoine 1741-1828. French sculptor who executed statues of Washington and Voltaire and busts of Jefferson, Rousseau, and Lafayette.
“In the vestibule there are monuments to Carlo Maratti and Salvator Rosa, and there is a statue of St. Bruno, by Houdon, which is pronounced to be very fine.”
“To right wingnuts like "Houdon", Terry McAuliffe is the "Dark Lord" because they are terrified of him and know he's going to be the Democrats 'nominee in two weeks.”
“(Running at the same time is "The Louvre and the Ancient World," a grouping of 70 items from the Louvre's Egyptian, Near Eastern and Greco-Roman collections.) "Houdon" pays homage both to the artist and to the museum that holds the largest collection of his work.”
“It's been noted that Houdon portrayed Washington as a man locked in unending struggle with his passions.”
“The various Houdon portrait busts of Washington, not to mention the head on the statue, all derive from this bust and the life-mask.”
“Houdon was also heir to the classical tradition of highly specific, articulated form.”
“Thomas Jefferson, the American minister in Paris, had recommended Houdon to Virginia governor Benjamin Harrison.”
“Washington is taking something in, but this is no moment of sublime philosophical apprehension, as with Houdon's superb clay Louvre bust of Denis Diderot 1771.”
“In line with Houdon's mastery of anatomy, subcutaneous structure is emphasized, as with the forehead's somewhat more faceted, angular planes, which express the bony skull beneath.”
“In both bust and statue, then, Houdon marshaled his mastery of form and composition, realism and artifice in bringing Washington into incomparably vivid focus, an achievement worth celebrating on the eve of Presidents' Day.”
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