LARGILLIÈRE, Nicolas de
(b. 1656, Paris, d. 1746, Paris)
The Sculptor Nicolas Coustou in His Atelier1710-12
Oil on canvas, 136 x 109 cm
Staatliche Museen, Berlin
The painting represents the leading French sculptor, Nicolas Coustou, friend of the painter. In his early sixties, the sculptor is seen relatively undressed but for his powdered wig. He points to the stone in the foreground from which his Spring will be carved in 1712, its model to the left.