French Sculpture Census

photo credit : courtesy High Museum of Art, Atlanta
artist © : public domain

FALCONET, Etienne-Maurice
Paris 1716 - Paris 1791

Baigneuse
The Bather

1762
terracotta

statuette
14 1/2 x 5 x 5

Acc. No. : 1998.92
Credit Line : Purchase with funds from Irene and Howard Stein in honor of David A. Brenneman

Atlanta, Georgia, High Museum of Art

www.high.org

Provenance

  • Paris, Galerie Patrice Bellanger
  • 1998, Paris, Biennale des Antiquaires
  • 1998, Purchase with funds from Irene and Howard Stein in honor of David A. Brenneman

Bibliography

  • Museum's website, June 10, 2013
  • 2001 Pinot de Villechenon
    Marie-Noëlle Pinot de Villechenon, Falconet à Sèvres ou L'art de plaire, 1757-1766, cat. exp. Sèvres, Musée national de la Céramique, Paris, RMN, 2001

Exhibition

  • 2011 Atlanta
    Toulouse-Lautrec & Friends: The Irene and Howard Stein Collection, Atlanta, High Museum of Art, January 29-May 1, 2011, curated by David Brenneman, p. 120, cat. no. 59

Comment



Museum's website, June 10, 2013:
Falconet’s success as a Rococo sculptor was largely due to his notable patrons, a group that included both Madame de Pompadour and Catherine the Great. Though he typically worked in bronze and marble, Falconet’s appointment as head of the Sèvres porcelain factory in 1757 expanded his repertoire to include soft paste porcelain figures. This terracotta piece, most likely a study for a later work in porcelain, demonstrates Falconet’s ability to communicate fluid movement and intricate details.