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La Parisienne

modeled ca. 1895 Paul Wayland Bartlett Born: New Haven, Connecticut 1865 Died: Paris, France 1925 bronze on marble base 17 1/4 x 9 3/4 x 6 3/8 in. (43.8 x 24.8 x 16.2 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mrs. Armistead Peter III 1958.11.9 Not currently on view


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Paul Wayland Bartlett’s portrait of a Parisienne was an appropriate subject for an American sculptor who spent most of his life and career in France. In contrast to his smoothly carved marbles, this bronze piece has a rough, textured surface that records the artist’s physical gestures in modeling the clay original. The subject is a contemporary French woman, rather than an idealized figure that the artist created to look “classical.” Bartlett’s expressive naturalism probably came from his time spent with the French sculptor Rodin.

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Ethnic - French

Figure female - head

sculpture

metal - bronze

stone - marble

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About Paul Wayland Bartlett

Born: New Haven, Connecticut 1865 Died: Paris, France 1925

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