Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier (1743-1794)
On View In:
Gallery 354
Artist:   Aimé-Jules Dalou  
Title:   Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier (1743-1794)  
Date:   1891  
Medium:   Bronze  
Dimensions:   19 3/4 x 13 3/4 x 12 1/4in. (50.2 x 34.9 x 31.1cm)  
Credit Line:   The Putnam Dana McMillan Fund  
Location:   Gallery 354  

A contemporary of George Washington, Lavoisier was one of the greatest scientists of all times and one of the fathers of modern chemistry. He was particularly interested in oxygen, an element that he first detected and described. Lavoiser is shown as a scholar with books on the floor and propping his head on his fist--in a pensive pose, which had a long tradition for the depiction of scholars in European art. But in particular it recalls Rodin's Thinker, which was shown publicly for the first time in 1888, just two years before Dalou presented his model for this bronze at the Salon.

Name:   Dalou, Aimé-Jules  
Nationality:   French  
Life Dates:   French, 1838-1902  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Signature, Marks signed, left side of base, 'Dalou' inscribed, back of base, below left 'Susse Fréres Paris, Edts Par  
Classification:   Sculpture  
Physical Description:   bronze, of warm brown patination  
Creation Place:   Europe, France, , ,  
Accession #:   89.20  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts