Jo Davidson (1883 - 1952), was a renowned American artist who worked mostly in portraiture sculpture. He was Laurent's grandfather.
Jo Davidson made around 450 portraits in his lifetime, a
feat that may never have been duplicated to this day. The subjects of
these portraits were from all walks of life. They were historical
figures, presidents, writers, thinkers, artists, politicians, generals,
socialites, actors and anybody whose faces inspired him. In 2006, The Smithsonian Institution's National
Portrait Gallery opened a permanent exhibition, "Jo Davidson:
Biographer in Bronze", showcasing fourteen of his works in terracotta
and bronze. He also did heroic and life-size figurative sculptures in bronze and stone.