(b. 1738, Nancy, d. 1814, Paris)

Pair of Bacchic Figures with a Child

National Trust, Waddesdon Manor

In Clodion's groups sometimes it is violent impetuosity that hurls the bodies along, with flying hair and breathless faces; but at other times the tempo is gentle, even wistful: the figures are an enchanted, eternally youthful, family moving amid the scattered grapes, coming as if from some 'vendange,' sated with autumnal fullness.