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Pierre Jean David

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DAVID, PIERRE JEAN, a French sculptor, commonly called David d'Angers, was born at Angers, 12th Mar., 1789; went to Paris when very young; and studied his namesake., Jacques Louis David (q. v.). In 1811, his ' Death ofEpaminondas"' obtained the first prize for sculpture given by the academy of arts. D. now visited Rome, where he formed a friendship with Canova. In 1816, he returned. to France. A: statue of the great Conde, which lie executed about this time, established his reputa-; tion. In 1826, he was named a member of the institute, and appointed a professor the school of the fine arts. Two years later, he went to Germany, where he executed' a colossal bust of Goethe for the library at Weimar; and in a second tour in 1834, sim ilar busts of Dzinnecker, Schelling, Tieck, and Rauch, as well as many portrait-statues% of life size. During the July revolution, D. had fought in the ranks of the people, and, in consequence, he was employed by the new government to execute the frontispiece of: the Pantheon in 1835. He finished it in 1837. By many it is considered his ckef-d'auvre.

In 1848, the well:known republicanism of the artist procured for hiM the honor of a, scat in the constituent assembly. After the coup-d'itat, he was sent into exile, and went. to Greece, but soon afterreturned to France. He died 5th Jan., 1856. It would be impos; sible to enumerate all D.'s works. The principal areó" A Young Girl at the Tomb of Botzaris," " A Monument of Bonchamp," " A Virgin at the Foot of the Cross,' a "Saint John," statues of Gen. Foy, Marshal St. Cyr, Corneille, Fenelon, and Racine, and busts of La Lafayette, Beranger, Rossini, Chateaubriand, Balzac, and Casimir Dela vigne. There is great force of expression in many of D.'s works, but the drawing ands execution are not always accurate.