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Cubist take on icon of 1800s

By Sebastian Smee
Globe Staff / February 28, 2012
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Raymond Duchamp-Villon sculpted this terracotta head of the poet and critic Charles Baudelaire, at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College, in 1911. Baudelaire had been dead 44 years. Here, with his smooth and swollen dome, his ruthless nose, his terrifyingly thin lips, and those dead, unseeing, angled eyes with ogee eyebrows, he combines ancient severity with diabolical, you-will-not-be-spared modernity.

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BAUDELAIRE

By Raymond Duchamp-Villon

At: The Davis Museum, Wellesley College, 781-283-2051, www.davis museum.wellesley.edu