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The Flood

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This terracotta is Clodion's small-scale sketch for a lifesize plaster--one of his most important late works--that he exhibited at the Salon of 1801, in Paris. The sculpture depicts a father carrying his son as he struggles against the waves to find a higher elevation. Clodion intentionally...

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Inscription

Scéne du dèluge.

Marks

Clodion·1800

Provenance

1814, included in the inventory of Clodion's studio after his death [See Note 1]. June 12-13, 1911, anonymous sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, lot 65. By 1981, Peter Cecil Wilson (b.1913-d.1984), London; June 14, 1981, Peter Wilson sale, Sotheby's, Monaco, lot 38, to Alex Wengraf, Ltd., London; sold by Alex Wengraf, to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 1, 1981). NOTE: [1] On the provenance of the sculpture, see Anne L. Poulet, “Clodion’s Sculpture of the Déluge,” Journal of the Museum of Fine Arts, 3 (1991), 51-76, here 71-72, endnote 14.

Credit Line

John H. and Ernestine A. Payne Fund

French, 1800

Object Place

France

Dimensions

Overall: 54.5 x 27.9 x 22.9 cm (21 7/16 x 11 x 9 in.)

Accession Number

1981.398

Medium or Technique

Terracotta

Collections

Europe

Classifications

Sculpture