Together with Rodin, Bourdelle and Maillol, Despiau was in 1939 a member of the leading quartet of modern French sculptors so admired by the western world. A position that he was to retain until the early 1960s. It was to be a half-century before attention was again devoted to Despiau and Maillol in a Dutch Museum.

Catalogue accompanying the exhibition in Museum Beelden aan Zee, 2013
Publisher: Uitgeverij de Kunst, 2013