VASSÉ, Louis-Claude
(b. 1716, Paris, d. 1772, Paris)

A Sleeping Shepherd

Marble, height 71 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Vassé's morceau de reception of a Sleeping Shepherd, presented in 1751, reveals a general indebtedness to Bouchardon accompanied by a sentimental slackness. The pose is too contrived to be convincing. The statue derives from antique prototypes which he reduces and frankly prettifies.