French Sculpture Census

crédits photo : courtesy High Museum of Art, Atlanta
© artiste : public domain

FALCONET, Etienne-Maurice
Paris 1716 - Paris 1791

The Bather

terre cuite

36,8 x 12,7 x 12,7

N° d'inv. : 1998.92
Credit Line : Purchase with funds from Irene and Howard Stein in honor of David A. Brenneman

Atlanta, Georgia, High Museum of Art


  • Paris, Galerie Patrice Bellanger
  • Paris, Biennale des Antiquaires
  • 1998, acheté avec des fonds d'Irene et Howard Stein en l'honneur de David A. Brenneman


  • 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


  • 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


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.