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Bacchante and Infant Faun

1894 Frederick MacMonnies Born: New York, New York 1863 Died: New York, New York 1937 Jaboeuf et Rouard Fondeurs (Founder) bronze 34 x 10 3/4 x 14 1/2 in. (86.3 x 27.4 x 36.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase 1968.23 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, East Wing


Luce Center Quote

“I had made this design long before, but I never found the model for it . . . Then a woman came in and I said, ‘there is my Bacchante!’” Artist quoted in Margaret Conrads, American Paintings and Sculpture at the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute, 1990

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A nineteen-year-old mother and baby modeled for Frederick MacMonnies’ most popular work, Bacchante and Infant Faun. Bacchantes were mythological figures who served the infant god of wine, Bacchus. The French government bought a cast of the statue at the 1894 Paris Salon, securing MacMonnies’ reputation as a formidable sculptor. The original version was later put on display at the Boston Public Library, where it caused one of the greatest art scandals of the decade. Citizens were upset, not only because the statue represented debauchery and drunkenness, but also because the sculptor had shamelessly modeled a “naked” person rather than a classical nude figure.

Keywords

Figure group - female and child - nude

Mythology - classical - bacchante

Mythology - classical - faun

sculpture

metal - bronze

cast

About Frederick MacMonnies

Born: New York, New York 1863 Died: New York, New York 1937

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