French Sculpture Census

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MACMONNIES, Frederick William
Brooklyn, NY, États-Unis 1863 - New York, NY, États-Unis 1937

Bacchante et faune
Bacchante and Infant Faun

modelé en 1893, fondu en 1895
bronze

statuette
dim. totales (figures) : 78.74 × 25.4 × 30.48 ; base circulaire : 10.16 × 26.67 ; socle carré : 107.95 × 30.16

N° d'inv. : 55.29a-b
Credit Line : Gift of Mr. G. A. Peple

Richmond, Virginia, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

www.vmfa.state.va.us

Historique

  • 1955, don de Mr. G. A. Peple

Bibliographie

  • Museum's website (accessed August 22, 2018)
  • 2000 Turner
    [identical to] Jane Turner, ed., Encyclopedia of American Art before 1914, New York: Grove’s Dictionaries, Inc., 2000, pp. 301-302, color pl. XXVII-1
  • 2000 Rosenblum, Stevens, Dumas
    [identical to] Robert Rosenblum, Maryanne Stevens, and Ann Dumas, 1900 Art at the Crossroads exhibition catalogue, London: Royal Academy of Arts, 2000, pp. 142, 404, cat. no. 71, color ill. p. 143

Commentaire



Museum's website (accessed August 22, 2018):
Following an apprenticeship with Augustus Saint-Gaudens and study abroad at the École des Beaux-Arts, MacMonnies triumphed as a leading sculptor at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. But his Bacchante and Infant Faun, well received at the Paris Salon of 1894, garnered the most comment and controversy. Placed on view at the Boston Public Library, a life-size version of this nude figure shocked public sensibility. The ebullient bacchante – in classical literature a celebrant of Bacchus, god of win – skips as she dangles a cluster of grapes over a baby’s head. The large bronze was rejected by the library board as inappropriate – more on grounds of her seemingly tipsy demeanor than her state of undress. Almost immediately it was accepted into the collection of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
MacMonnies, who enjoyed a prolific career for decades to come, found a successful market for bronze reductions of the infamous Bacchante – including this 1895 casting, which retains its original Corinthian-column pedestal.