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The Bather

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The Bather

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Étienne Falconet
French, 1716–1791

Date

1762

Medium

Terracotta

Accession #

1998.92

Dimensions

14 1/2 x 5 x 5 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 2, Gallery 208

Description

Falconet’s success as a Rococo sculptor was due largely to his notable patrons, a group who 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 terra-cotta piece, most likely a study for a later work in porcelain, demonstrates Falconet’s ability to communicate fluid movement and intricate details.

Credit

Purchase with funds from Irene and Howard Stein in honor of David A. Brenneman