Happy Birthday Charles Despiau!! This French sculptor was born in 1874 and his father and grandfather were plasterers. He shows skill in drawing and Despiau attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, Paris, following his military service, after first failing the school's exam. He gained recognition and went on to become a sculptor in his own right, after working as a practitioner, or an assistant, for Rodin. His work was primarily portrait busts, exuding a “calm classicism”.