Laure de Margerie

Bonnie Pitman

French Sculpture Census Coordinator at The University of Texas at Dallas.

Areas of Specialization

French sculpture, 19th century sculpture

B.A. in Art History, Ecole du Louvre, Paris (1978) and at University Paris IV (1979).
B.A. in Psychology, University Paris V (1977).

French Sculpture Census program leader

Laure de Margerie joined the University of Texas at Dallas in September 2009 when Prof. Rick Brettell offered to co-fund the French Sculpture Census in the CISM program. The Census of French Sculpture in American Public Collections (1500-1960) is the first comprehensive catalogue of French sculpture in the United States. It includes works in museums, public institutions, and outdoor sculpture. It aims for a wide audience of both professionals (museum curators, art historians, conservators, dealers) and collectors and art lovers. The goal is to make American collections in this area better known worldwide and to showcase their richness. This illustrated bilingual database will be transferred to the Internet in December 2013 with the address and the web version will be hosted by the Nasher Sculpture Center.
The French Sculpture Census is supported by the University of Texas at Dallas, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Institut National d’Histoire de l’Art, the Musée d’Orsay, the Musée Rodin, and the Ecole du Louvre in Paris.

Laure de Margerie was Senior Archivist head of the Sculpture Archives at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, from 1978 through 2009. She was part of the team who installed the sculpture collection at the opening of the museum in 1986 and co-authored the collection catalogue (1986). She was in charge of 10,000 sculptors’ files and 4,000 objects files. The Archive Center at the Musée d’Orsay welcomes every year 2355 visitors from all over the world. Its mission is to give public and free access to information on second half of 19th century art.
In this position she curated several exhibitions among which Facing the Other: Charles Cordier (1827-1905), Ethnographic Sculptor (Paris, Quebec City, New York, 2004/05). She wrote several essays, catalogues and books on 19th c. sculpture.

Laure de Margerie worked also as archivist in charge of historic buildings in Normandy in Rouen (1983-1985) and in charge of rights and reproductions at the National Archives in Paris (1991-1992).

She was awarded a fellowship at the Clark Art Institute, in Williamstown, MA (2000/01), and was the Sculpture and Decorative Arts Department guest scholar at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, CA (Fall 2011).