Augustin Pajou

Augustin Pajou ( born September 19, 1730 in Paris, † May 8, 1809 ) was an eminent French sculptor and sculptor of classicism.

Since the age of 14 he attended the Royal Academy, where he was a pupil of the sculptor and sculptor Jean -Baptiste Lemoyne. At age 18, he won the Prix de Rome and the 1st prize of the Academy Royal. This gave him the opportunity to study a multi-year stay in Rome and Italy. The benevolence of the King and Madame du Barry gave him even after his return numerous orders. In the 1760s, he contributed to the design of various public buildings, like the Opera at Versailles, the Palais Royal and the Palais de Justice. He was also very successful as a sculptor and sculptor. During the French Revolution he took part in a Commission for the Conservation of French monuments and spent three years in the horrors of the province, in Montpellier.

When Napoleon 1803, the Villa Medici in Rome made ​​it the seat of the French Accademie, he let go of Pajou copies of the two Medici lions, who had been until 1789 at the stairway to the Villa, customize and get back up to its old place.

Pajou was considered one of the greatest sculptors of his time and a part of his work is preserved in the great museums of the world.


  • Pluto and Cerberus 1759, Louvre / Paris
  • The Princess of Hesse -Homburg before the altar of immortality, 1759, Hermitage Museum / St. Petersburg
  • Calliope, 1763, National Gallery / Washington
  • Francis de Sales, 1767, Musée des Augustins / Toulouse
  • Marquis de Marigny, 1767, City Art Museum / Copenhagen
  • Allegory of the Queen Marie Leszczynska, 1771, Louvre / Paris
  • Two ideal woman heads to 1770 Getty-Center/Los Angeles
  • Buffon, 1773, Louvre / Paris
  • Madame du Barry, 1773, Louvre / Paris
  • Madame du Barry, Museum of Fine Arts / Boston
  • Bust of a Woman, about 1774, Museum of Fine Arts / Boston
  • Bellona, 1775, Getty-Center/Los Angeles
  • Marie- Adelaide Hall, 1775 Frick-Collection/New York
  • Bossuet, 1779, Louvre / Paris
  • Mercury, 1780, Louvre / Paris
  • Madame Sedaine, 1781, Museum of Fine Arts / Boston
  • Diogenes, 1781, Louvre / Paris
  • The Queen Marie- Antoinette, and the Dauphin, 1781, royal Belgian Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels
  • The painter Jean -Baptiste Le Prince, 1782, royal Belgian Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels
  • Élisabeth Vigée- Lebrun, 1783, Louvre / Paris
  • Blaise Pascal, 1785, Louvre / Paris
  • Nathalie de Laborde, 1789, Louvre / Paris
  • Madame de Wailly, 1789, Metropolitan Museum / New York
  • Psyche Abandoned, 1790, Louvre / Paris
  • Marquis d' Espeuilles, 1794, National Gallery of Australia / Canberra