Paris 1714 - Paris 1785
A portrait bust of Jean-Louis Bro
Height: 55 cm. (21 ¾ in.)
S. Rocheblave, “Le mariage de Jean-Baptiste Pigalle,” Archive de l’Art français, vol. 8, 1914, pp. 243-250;
E. Coyecque, “La maison mortuaire de Pigalle,” Bulletin de la Société d’Histoire de Paris, 1914, pp. 36-48;
Réau, Louis, Jean-Baptiste Pigalle, Paris, 1950.
FURTHER INFORMATION: Pigalle studied under Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne (the favorite sculptor of King Louis XV who also trained the greatest sculptors of the time, Falconet, Caffieri, and Pajou) before spending three years in Rome. Upon his return to Paris he began to receive official commissions and he was received as full member of the Académie Royale in 1744. Pigalle's most ambitious and widely admired work, the funerary monument to Maurice, Maréchal de Saxe (marble and bronze; Strasbourg, St Thomas), was commissioned in 1753.