The great Faun, Paul Dardé

Enigmatic and playful


In 1920, the year the Faun was created, the great war had been over for two years and circumstances see Paul Dardé working on funerary pieces. However, the director of the national review of Art and Artists, Armand Dayot, who played a part in Dardés discovery, didn’t forget him. He works behind the scenes to get him a workshop on rue de l’Université in Paris, and introduces him to the Regnault brothers, wealthy industrialists and philanthropists, who commissioned the work. It is after seeing a “scrap of paper” on which Dardé had sketched a Faun that Georges Regnault commissioned the sculpture from him.


Paul Dardé began to work in his new Parisian workshop and blocks of Euville stone are sent down the Seine. The artist worked to finish the sculpture for the 1st of Lay 1920, the day of the opening of the Salon du Grand Palais. Exhibited side by side with Eternal Pain another of his masterpieces, the Faun is noticed and draws the attention of the visitors. Glowing critiques flood in and are almost unanimous. Thanks to this resounding success, Paul Dardé would receive the national prize of the arts which rewards the most remarkable artist of the year across all disciplines.


The history of the piece

Given to the French state by Georges Regnault (patron) in 1920

Exhibited in the park of hotel Biron (Rodin Museum, Paris) from 1923 to 1927

Exhibited in the park of the Domaine de Vizille (Isère) from 1927 to 2006

Given by the CNAP to the Musée de Lodève in 2006

Installed inside the museum in 2018


This work belongs to the collection "Sculpting lives".

Monumental work: 4 metres, 14 tonnes.

Euville stone, direct carving

Dardé Paul, Le Grand faune, Hall © Musée de Lodève
Le grand Faune de Paul Dardé dans l'accueil du musée © Vincent Fillon

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