Emile Louis Picault
La Pensée (The Thinker),
H. 30 in. x W. 13 1/2 in. x L. 13 in.
Emile-Louis Picault, a late-nineteenth-century
Parisian sculptor, studied in the studio of
the sculptor Roger, and exhibited his works at the Salon
from 1863 to 1909.
His known works vary in theme from allegories of patriotic
and other virtues, to heroes
and other historic or mythological figures. Bronzes such
as Perseus and Andromed,
(1880), The Flag (1903), Jason (1879), Civic Virtues
(1897), and The Birth of Pegasus were published
in large editions and widely available at the turn of
This small bronze, La Pensée or "the female thinker," was accompanied
by a male version of the subject, perhaps influenced by the more widely known version of
The Thinker executed by Rodin.