Terre Haute, IN, USA 1869 - Rockport, MA, USA 1940
Maker: Rudier, Alexis
Dimensions (HxWxD): 38 x 14 3⁄8 x 18 1⁄4 in.
signature incised along bottom of base, proper right side, in script: Janet Scudder/1924
incised along bottom of base, back side at proper right corner: Alexis Rudier/Fondeur Paris
Acc. No.: 26.184
Credit Line: Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
Photo credit: Brooklyn Museum photograph
- 1926, Robert B. Woodward Memoral Fund
- Museum's website (June 24, 2016)
- June 24, 2016
In Seated Faun, Janet Scudder took as inspiration the part-human, part-goat figure found in classical mythology. One of only a handful of internationally known female sculptors in America at the time, Scudder studied in Paris and became the first woman employed at the Paris studio of the sculptor Frederick MacMonnies.
She later made a name for herself crafting ornamental sculptures for the formal gardens of estates designed by the architect Stanford White. Admired by White, whose firm designed the Brooklyn Museum, Scudder was even selected as the only female to produce a sculpture, Japanese Art, for the Museum’s facade.