“Le Penseur” by Émile Louis Picault (1833-1915)
“Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people”.
Such pearl of wisdom, passed on to us by Eleanor Roosevelt, contains in a nutshell Picault’s essential theory eminently expressed in his true-to-life statue “Le Penseur”.
This discerning artist’s accomplished touch succeeded in rendering all of the emotional and physical effort the thinking process generally demands.
The slight furrows on the youth’s forehead combined with his deeply meditative facial traits impart to his overall expression a unique and faithful representation of what serious and in-depth reflection habitually exacts, especially in the strenuous attempt to find a solution to some overly intricate issue.