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Fisher Girl

ca. 1858 William Randolph Barbee Born: Luray, Virginia 1818 Died: Luray, Virginia 1868 marble 32 1/8 x 31 7/8 x 23 5/8 in. (81.6 x 80.9 x 59.9 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1968.140 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, W320


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William Randolph Barbee created Fisher Girl while working in Florence, Italy, around 1858. Barbee returned to the United States soon after and enjoyed great acclaim for this sculpture. Owing to its popularity in the United States, Fisher Girl was copied several times over the years. Barbee created the figure’s idealized body in the neoclassical style, inspired by the ancient Greek and Roman works he encountered in Italy. Her modest pose and fish net, however, are rendered in a natural, lifelike way that charmed Barbee's early audience. One contemporary critic from the New York Leader described the mesh Fisher Girl holds as "one of the most perfect triumphs of the chisel."

Keywords

Figure female - full length

Figure female - nude

Recreation - leisure - fishing

sculpture

stone - marble

About William Randolph Barbee

Born: Luray, Virginia 1818 Died: Luray, Virginia 1868